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First commercial flight in 6 years leaves Yemen’s Sanaa

First commercial flight in 6 years leaves Yemen’s Sanaa. (File/Reuters)
First commercial flight in 6 years leaves Yemen’s Sanaa. (File/Reuters)
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16 May 2022 03:05:01 GMT9
16 May 2022 03:05:01 GMT9
 
  • The Yemenia plane carrying 126 passengers, including hospital patients needing treatment abroad and their relatives

SANAA: The first commercial flight in nearly six years took off from Yemen’s Houthi-held capital on Monday, a major step forward in a peace process that has provided rare relief from conflict.

The Yemenia plane carrying 126 passengers, including hospital patients needing treatment abroad and their relatives, took off from Sanaa for the Jordanian capital Amman just after 9:00 am (0600 GMT), AFP journalists saw.
Before take-off, the plane was taxied through an honor guard of two fire trucks spraying jets of water.

Sanaa’s airport has been closed to commercial traffic since August 2016.

AFP

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