The first commercial flight out of Yemen's capital in six years was indefinitely postponed Sunday, after the Saudi-led coalition waging a war against the country refused to issue permits, the national carrier said.
A string of political developments has occurred in Yemen, enhancing prospects for ending a seven-year-old war waged by Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies against the Ansarullah movement. Days after a two-month cease-fire brokered by the United Nations came to force in Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, the self-proclaimed president, stepped aside on Thursday and handed over all his powers to a newly-formed Presidential Leadership Council. In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, former Iranian ambassador to Yemen Morteza Rahimi said the temporary truce could be a turning point in bringing the Saudi-led aggression to an end.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen has to be lifted completely for humanitarian aid to be dispatched to the impoverished country.
After the exiled former president of Yemen officially handed powers, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement said the move deprived the United Nations of its excuse to continue supporting the aggressors in the seven-year Saudi-led war.
The director general of the Yemen Executive Mine Action Centre (YEMAC) said the Saudi-led military coalition has dropped more than three million cluster bombs on Yemen since the beginning of the devastating war in March 2015.
A tanker carrying badly needed fuel arrived in Yemen’s blockaded port of Hodeida on Sunday, as a cease-fire meant to stop the fighting in the war-torn country for two months entered its first full day.
A senior Yemeni official reacted to a recent report that the Saudi-based Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is considering inviting the Ansarullah resistance movement and other Yemeni parties for consultations, saying the kingdom cannot be a mediator as it is a perpetrator of the bloody war.