Saudi-led coalition bombs airport runway in Yemen's capital
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels bombed the airport in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday, Yemeni officials said, though there were conflicting reports as to the extent of the damage.


The United Nations said most of the airport remained intact and that it would be able to receive aid shipments once the coalition follows
through on its announced loosening of the blockade of the war-torn country.


But Yemeni officials in Sanaa, which is held by the rebels known as Houthis, said the airport's runway and a ground navigation tower were damaged. Repair crews were already at work, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to reporters.


Jamie McGoldrick, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said UN staff had visited the airport and spoken with authorities there, and that its "runway, taxiway, ramp, terminal and air traffic control tower were not hit and are in good condition."


"This will have no impact on our operations once they resume," McGoldrick said in an email from Amman, Jordan.


First published: 11.14.17, 22:07