Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

It said the airport remained closed "due to concerns for the safety of civilian travel and commercial flights, as well as the smuggling of weapons by the Houthis".

United Nations agencies and aid groups have repeatedly called for the airport in Sanaa to be reopened to allow the delivery of desperately needed relief to the millions of Yemenis caught in the conflict.

The Yemeni navy has warned the Saudi-led military coalition, which is assisting Riyadh in its war on Yemen, against any adventurism in the Red Sea, efforts to prevent humanitarian convoys from reaching the strategic port city of Hudaydah and attacks on Yemeni fishermen.

But the Aden bank said in a statement late on Saturday that the Saudi-led coalition had not given landing permits for air shipments of cash 13 times for unknown reasons - in a rare airing of a grievance by the government to its main backer.

The Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen requested the United Nations on Thursday to take control of the country's main airport in the capital Sanaa, now held by armed Houthi rebels, state news agency SPA reported.

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Residents of Shabwa province, mostly in the hands of the army after an offensive this month against Al-Qaeda, reported a helicopter crash on Friday night which killed at least two soldiers. Current death toll is more than 10.000 people, while humanitarian disaster escalated with a starvation and the cholera outbreak of more than 300.000 recorded cases of infection.

The Saudi-led coalition began its war in Yemen in March 2015 against Shiite rebels known as Houthis who hold the capital, Sanaa.

The jihadists are thought to have moved farther south into neighbouring Abyan province.

"We will comment in case we get information on that".

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