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Yemen: UN Yemen Envoy arrives in Sana'a amid anti-UN protests demanding airport reopening02:09

Yemen: UN Yemen Envoy arrives in Sana'a amid anti-UN protests demanding airport reopening

Yemen, Sana'a
May 22, 2017 at 17:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 200 people marched from the United Nations headquarters in Sana'a to the city's airport, on Monday, protesting against the UN and demanding the reopening of the airport. The protest came as UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in town in an attempt to restart peace talks and establish a Ramadan ceasefire.

The protesters marched on the streets while chanting and holding numerous banners, such as "Lift the blockade of Sana'a airport."

One of the organisers of the protest, Al-Cheikh Dirham Abu Al-Rigal, called for "international organisations" such as the UN, to assume responsibility for the "siege" of the airport.

Speaking at a press conference after arriving, Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, "we at the United Nations will stay neutral. Our position is to bring peace to Yemeni people. We are not taking any sides and whatever is being said, the United Nations will stay neutral and its only goal is to bring peace."

The Sana'a International Airport has been closed for commercial flights since August 9, 2016, after the Saudi-led coalition imposed an air embargo on the airport.

Yemen: UN Yemen Envoy arrives in Sana'a amid anti-UN protests demanding airport reopening02:09
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Around 200 people marched from the United Nations headquarters in Sana'a to the city's airport, on Monday, protesting against the UN and demanding the reopening of the airport. The protest came as UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in town in an attempt to restart peace talks and establish a Ramadan ceasefire.

The protesters marched on the streets while chanting and holding numerous banners, such as "Lift the blockade of Sana'a airport."

One of the organisers of the protest, Al-Cheikh Dirham Abu Al-Rigal, called for "international organisations" such as the UN, to assume responsibility for the "siege" of the airport.

Speaking at a press conference after arriving, Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, "we at the United Nations will stay neutral. Our position is to bring peace to Yemeni people. We are not taking any sides and whatever is being said, the United Nations will stay neutral and its only goal is to bring peace."

The Sana'a International Airport has been closed for commercial flights since August 9, 2016, after the Saudi-led coalition imposed an air embargo on the airport.

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