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First commercial flight in six years took off from Sana’a to Cairo

by Middle East Monitor

The first commercial flight in nearly six years took off on Wednesday from Sana’a in war-torn Yemen to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Anadolu News Agency report.

“A flight carrying 78 passengers left to Cairo,” a source at Sana’a Airport told Anadolu Agency.

In April, Yemen’s warring rivals agreed to an UN-brokered two-month truce under which all military operations were halted.

The truce agreement included the operation of commercial flights from rebel-held Sana’a Airport in the Yemeni capital.

The Airport was closed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2016, saying that its facilities were used by Houthis for military purposes, a claim denied by the rebels. 

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sana’a.

The Saudi-led coalition entered the war in early 2015 to restore the Yemeni government to power.

The eight-year conflict has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with millions suffering from hunger.

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