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Suspension of flights to Sanaa airport underscores rising war and instability risks in Yemen

19 September 2014

EVENT

The Yemeni civil aviation authority announced on 19 September that flights to Sanaa International Airport will be suspended for 24 hours due to Houthi armed activity in the vicinity.

Houthi protesters at a sit-in on a main road leading to the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, on 17 September. (PA)Houthi protesters at a sit-in on a main road leading to the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, on 17 September. (PA)

Flights have been diverted to Aden airport. The state-news agency, Saba, reported that mortar fire had targeted the headquarters of the state television channel while Houthi gunmen fought with security forces in the vicinity of the building on 18 September. Fighting between pro-Houthi gunmen and supporters of the Islamist Islah political party backed by security forces is still on-going in Shamlan on the northern outskirts of the capital, and the nearby Salafist Iman University in Sofan, 8.5 kilometres southwest of Sanaa International Airport.



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