Saudi-led coalition eases restrictions for Yemen capital’s airport

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY VIDEO) — The Saudi-led coalition involved in Yemen’s war has announced it is easing restrictions to allow the airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa to be reopened.

The coalition says it will mean patients in need of medical care can be flown out from the rebel-held area. Flights will be operated in cooperation with the World Health Organization.

The airport has been closed to commercial flights since 2016.

The government and Houthis signed a United Nations-brokered peace deal in Sweden last December, but are yet to implement it.

The conflict in Yemen began in 2014, when Houthis overran much of the country, including the capital.

The crisis escalated in 2015 when the coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back the rebels’ territorial gains.

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