The Minister of Transport- Amer Al-Marani reviewed on 6th October 2021 with the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen- William David Grisley, the catastrophic repercussions of the closure of Sana'a International Airport. The meeting, which was attended by the Director of Sanaa Airport- Khaled Al-Shaef, and the head of the technical office at the Ministry of Transport- Abdul Karim Saleh, touched on the suffering of patients due to the blockade and the closure of the airport and the scarcity of necessary medicines that come by air.
The meeting also addressed the risks that patients are exposed to during their travel through the airports of Aden and Sayun, due to the closure of Sana'a airport. The meeting reviewed the technical aspects of Sana'a International Airport and its operational readiness to receive civil flights.
During the meeting, the Minister of Transport stressed on the need to open Sanaa Airport to save the lives of patients and facilitate the return of the expatriates to the homeland, pointing out that Sanaa Airport is the first gateway for the Republic of Yemen to the world. He also called on the United Nations to put pressure on the aggression coalition to quickly lift the blockade on Sanaa Airport for humanitarian reasons, pointing out that Sanaa Airport provides its services in accordance with international requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)".
He said: "There must be an active role for the United Nations in lifting the blockade imposed on Sanaa airport and the Hodeidah seaport, and allowing the entry of ships of medicine, foodstuffs and oil derivatives." The Minister of Transport affirmed that the aggression coalition is practicing maritime piracy on fuel and food ships, in flagrant violation of all international laws and agreements.
In turn, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs confirmed that everything would be done to lift the blockade imposed on Sanaa International Airport and the Hodeidah seaport, as this isdue falls in the service of the humanitarian work.