On Friday, the Saudi Alliance spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, called on the United Nations to “contribute in resuming commercial flights and passenger transport to Sanaa airport through managing Sanaa airport security and ensuring legitimate Yemeni government concerns,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
“Sanaa airport closure and its limited relief flights came due to concerns about the safety of civil aircrafts and commercial flights destined for the airport, and because of the Houthi armed militia through arms smuggling,” Maliki claimed. and added: “Therefore, Yemeni airports have been allocated to the liberated and safe areas as alternative airports and at the request of the legitimate Yemeni government.”
It seems that Saudi Arabia finally agreed to reactivate Sanaa International Airport. However, it’s believed that if the Saudi Alliance agrees to reactivate the airport, it will be restricted to humanitarian aid only.
The Yemeni Ministry of Transport revealed on August 9 that 13194 Yemenis had died as a result of not being able to travel to receive proper treatment because of the Saudi siege on Sanaa airport.
In another development, Saudi Alliance warplanes continued bombing the Houthis-held areas. It carried out airstrikes on the areas of Al-Safraa, Kataf and al-Zaher in Saada province with 9 airstrikes. The Saudi warplanes also targeted Al-Talaa military position – under Houthis control – in Najran near the Saudi-Yemeni border with 4 airstrikes.
However, the Saudi Alliance is still unable to advance towards the Yemeni capital Sanaa despite its air superiority.