Commercial and U.N. Planes Cannot Land in Yemen Without Houthi Permission

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-01-24 12:42 PM UTC


 The Ansar Allah (Houthi) group has prevented a U.N. and commercial plane from landing in Yemeni provinces controlled by its rival, the Yemeni government, a move pointing to the deepening rifts between the two sides in line with the Red Sea escalation.

On Tuesday, the Houthi group prevented a U.N. plane from landing in Marib province, northeast of Sanaa. The security media of the Ministry of Interior said that the Houthi group refused to allow a United Nations plane to land in Marib.

The source indicated that the administration of Aden International Airport notified the passengers on the plane heading to Marib that the flight had been canceled due to Sana'a Airport Traffic Control Tower's refusal to allow it to land in Marib province.

Two days ago, the authorities in Sanaa prevented a plane belonging to a Sudanese company from landing at Mocha Airport, which is under the control of Tariq Saleh, a deputy head of Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council. The plane was carrying dozens of Yemenis stranded in Sudan, Yemen government sources said.

Moammar Al-Eryani, the minister of information in the Yemeni government, said the Houthi group threatened through the Aviation Authority in Sana'a to hit a plane belonging to a Sudanese airline that was carrying the second batch of Yemenis stranded in the city of Port Sudan.

According to Al-Eryani, the plane was carrying 138 people, most of whom were women and children. He added, "Prevented a civilian plane from landing at a civilian airport confirms the Houthi indifference to the conditions of the Yemenis, including the tragedy of the Yemenis stranded in Sudan, who are suffering difficult conditions as a result of the ongoing clashes there."

The operations of the U.N. agencies have begun facing more challenges in Houthi-controlled territories following the escalating faceoff between the Houthis and the U.S.-led coalition forces. Yemen's Houthi group ordered all U.S. and British staff of the United Nations and its agencies to leave the country within a month, a U.N. official said. In a letter dated January 20, the authorities in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa told the U.N. resident coordinator that employees with British and U.S. nationality had one month to "prepare to leave the country." "A UN official confirmed to AFP that they had received the memo. Since January 12, the U.S. and U.K. began striking Houthi sites in several Yemeni provinces. The strikes came in response to the Houthi attacks on shipping lines in the Red Sea.

Today, the U.S. Central Command said the U.S. forces launched strikes against two Houthi anti-ship missiles that aimed into the Southern Red Sea and were prepared to launch.

The statement of the Central Command added, "U.S. forces identified the missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and the U.S. Navy ships in the region. U.S. forces subsequently struck and destroyed the missiles in self-defense. "