Minister of Transport: UAE has begun operating flights to and from Al Rayyan airport without coordination with the government

Minister of Transport: UAE has begun operating flights to and from Al Rayyan airport without coordination with the government

Yemeni Transport Minister Saleh al-Jabwani said Tuesday that the UAE has begun operating flights to and from Al-Rayyan airport in Al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut province, without any coordination with the Ministry of Transport.

In a tweet posted on his Twitter page, al-Jabwani said the UAE is also using the country's ports to bring weapons to the rebels in Aden.

Sources told Al-Masdar online that last week, two armored vehicles shipments consisting of more than 80 armored vehicles, sent by the UAE on ships to southern Transitional Council (STC), arrived in the interim capital Aden.

Al-Shabwani vowed to put "these violations on the sovereignty of the state" soon, "on the table of ICAO, International Maritime Organization and relevant international bodies."

Al-Rayyan International Airport in Mukalla, the only air port of Hadramaut coast, has been closed since al-Qaeda took control of the city in early April 2015, and pro-UAE forces continued to take control of it after the extremist group left the city on April 4, 2016. Even today, till today this closure has caused great suffering to the citizens.

Emirati officers use the airport as a hub for their accommodation and transportation as well as Yemeni officials who are allowed to travel through the airport by the UAE.


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