Yemen's Houthi group says Sanaa airport ready to receive flights

A displaced Yemeni child sits outside his makeshift shelter in an empty lot in the Yemeni coastal city of Hodeidah on Nov. 16. Hodeidah is one of the cities facing a water crisis the International Red Cross committee says

Yemen's Sanaa airport, damaged in an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition last week, has been repaired and is ready to receive worldwide flights, the Houthi-led government which runs the capital city said on Tuesday.

On Nov. 6, the Saudi-led coalition announced the closure of all Yemeni air- and seaports after a ballistic missile - allegedly launched from Yemen by Houthi militiamen - was intercepted over Saudi capital Riyadh.

"The airport technical team had repaired the system and the airport is now on service to receive global flights", Saba quoted Zakariya al-Shami, the transport minister in the Houthi-run government, as saying.

"It is ready to receive global flights", Shami said, according to Houthi-controlled news agency Saba.

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Yemen's Houthi group says Sanaa airport ready to receive flights

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Wednesday it would reopen a key Red Sea port and Sanaa airport to aid, after a more than two-week blockade following a missile attack on Riyadh.

The same source reported that one plane carrying personnel from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a second plane from Russian Federation - carrying diplomats en route to Moscow's embassy in Sanaa - had both touched down at the airport on Wednesday. Iran denies sending any weapons to the Houthis.

"The port of Hodeidah will be reopened to receive food aid and humanitarian relief, and Sanaa airport will be open for United Nations flights with humanitarian relief", a statement from carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA said.

The country also faces a deadly cholera epidemic and millions stand at the brink of official starvation.

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