Yemen: Regional Mediation Ends Dispute on Commercial Planes

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-07-06 05:37 PM UTC



Regional mediation yesterday ended the Ansar Allah (Houthi) seizure of three commercial planes in Sanaa International Airport, marking an end to a fresh dispute that started ten days ago when the Houthi authorities prevented three commercial planes from taking off from the airport in Sanaa.

On June 25, three planes owned by Yemenia Airways arrived in Sanaa, carrying hundreds of Yemeni pilgrims. The planes were expected to return to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to transport the rest of the pilgrims to Sanaa. However, the authorities in Sanaa decided to ban the planes from flying in protest against Yemenia Airways’ recent operational decisions.

The seizure of the planes formed a new source of tension and distrust between the warring sides in Yemen. However, outside players, particularly Oman and Saudi Arabia, helped dissolve the fresh rift between the Yemeni warring sides.

The Minister of Endowments in the Yemeni government, Mohammad Shabiba, said it was the foreign mediation that ended “the crisis of aircraft seized by the Houthis at Sanaa International Airport”.

According to the Yemeni minister, foreign states intervened and exerted mediation, and the Houthi group responded. Shabiba slammed the Houthis, saying, “The group did not respect the Yemeni pilgrims … and left them stranded as they waited for the return of the planes.”

The Houthi-run media outlets also confirmed the arrival of the Yemeni pilgrims to Sanaa International Airport on Yemenia Airways planes.

However, the authorities in Sanaa say the Saudi-led Arab coalition continues to impose a siege on Sanaa International Airport. A Houthi aviation source said the coalition is delaying the return of flights from Sanaa airport to Amman and other destinations, according to the truce agreement.

The source added, “The Sanaa-Amman-Sanaa flights that were scheduled to resume have stalled due to the procrastination of the aggression countries …”.

According to the source, the suspension of flights from and to Sanaa indicates that peace in Yemen is still distant.

Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said yesterday the Yemeni road map is “ready,” indicating his country’s readiness to work according to it.

Bin Farhan indicated that the situation in Yemen is still challenging, especially on the economic level. He added, “By signing the road map, it will be possible to move forward. We hope this will happen sooner rather than later.”

Nowadays, the Yemeni warring sides are in Muscat, holding talks under the auspices of the UN. The ongoing round of talks began on June 30 and is expected to last ten days.