Aden airport reopens as Yemen crisis eases

Members of the popular committee drive on the exterior of the airport in Yemen’s second city of Aden as they shut the airport in support of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on January 21, 2015. (AFP)

Authorities in southern Yemen reopened Aden’s air and sea ports on Thursday, officials said, after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accepted some demands from the dominant Houthi group in a move expected to ease days of tension in the capital.

Security authorities on Wednesday closed air, sea and land crossings into Yemen’s southern port city of Aden after fighting in Sanaa that threw the Arab state deeper into turmoil.

They said the Aden security committee had said it was cancelling a decision to close the airport, sea port and land crossings in response to the agreement, which provided for all state institutions to return to work.

Airport staff said one flight from Cairo and one from the Yemeni city of Taiz had landed at Aden airport since they resumed work.

Officials at the Aden port also said they had resumed work.

Hadi’s office issued a statement after meetings with senior advisers, including a representative of the Houthi group, agreeing to introduce amendments and changes to a draft of the new constitution and to appoint Houthi representatives to various state bodies.

The agreement also called on the government and all state bodies to resume work from Thursday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43