13 August, 2017
An Arab coalition allied with Yemen's government on Thursday requested United Nations help to re-open Sanaa airport, in an apparent response to aid groups' demand that the airport be allowed to receive flights delivering relief.
"The closure of Sanaa airport and the limitation of flights to exclusively those carrying aid was due to concerns for the safety of civilian travel and commercial flights, as well as the smuggling of weapons by the Huthis", al-Maliki said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, seen by the U.S. as the network's most risky branch, has exploited years of conflict between the government and the rebels to expand its presence in Yemen, particularly in southern provinces.
A helicopter from a Saudi-led Arab coalition had to make an emergency landing in Yemen Friday, a spokesman said, amid reports of a crash in the southern district of Shabwa. He called on the warring parties to allow humanitarian aid access and reopen the airport.
Those people also face a deadly cholera outbreak and looming starvation.
Yemen has been torn apart by a civil war in which the internationally recognised government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, supported by the Saudi-led coalition, seeks to push back gains made by the Iran-allied Houthi fighters.
"The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces on Friday mourned the death of the four martyrs, who fell while carrying out their routine duties in Shabwah, Yemen, as their helicopter crash-landed after sustaining a technical failure", WAM reported.
UAE-trained Yemeni special forces backed by the United States earlier this month launched a major operation against Al-Qaeda, driving it from the oil-rich Shabwa province.
"I have no information on the incident, so I can not confirm or deny", he told Anadolu Agency.