Yemeni state TV goes off air after attack

The measure could be extended or reconsidered depending on the security situation

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Yemeni state television’s three channels stopped transmitting for about an hour after its studios came under fierce fire during an overnight rebel advance on the capital, an official with the broadcaster said, according to Agence France-Press.

“Transmissions have ceased because of incessant fire from Huthis (Shiite rebels) since Thursday evening,” the official said.

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The attack on the TV headquarters prompted Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to hold emergency talks with top cabinet aides.

Meanwhile, international airlines have suspended flights to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa for the coming 24 hours, amid the worsening security situation, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday.

“Arab and foreign airlines have decided to suspend their flights to Sanaa for 24 hours because of developments in the capital,” the CAA said in a statement issued overnight.

A file picture taken on December 23, 2013 shows airplanes of Yemen's national carrier Yemenia on the tarmac at Sanaa International Airport. (File photo: AFP)
A file picture taken on December 23, 2013 shows airplanes of Yemen's national carrier Yemenia on the tarmac at Sanaa International Airport. (File photo: AFP)

The statement added that the measure could be extended or reconsidered depending on the security situation.

Armed Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, have been carrying out a series of attacks in an attempt to push into Sanaa.

On Thursday, nearly 40 people were killed on the capital’s outskirts, during fighting between Houthis and Sunni Islamists backed by Yemeni troops. This took place as the U.N. envoy huddled with leaders in the rebel stronghold to try and end Yemen’s political crisis.

(With AFP)

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