EgyptAir suspends all flights to Yemen
Civil defense workers and people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

CAIRO: EgyptAir has suspended all flights to Yemen’s capital Sanaa indefinitely following airstrike Saudi Arabia and its allies’ airstrikes against the Iran-backed Houthis, according to a statement from the company.

The suspension follows a Saudi statement asserting that Yemeni airspace is a no-fly zone.   Restricting foreign airspace generally requires a United Nations Security Council resolution, which Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi requested on March 23.

Airstrikes have targeted the Delmi air base near the Sanaa International Airport, the statement continued.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Morocco, launched airstrikes early Thursday  on the Iran-backed Shiite Houthis, who have controlled most parts of Yemen since September.

President Hadi and his Cabinet were forced to resign in January, however Hadi escaped in February to his home region of Aden where he declared he was still the president, and Aden was the new capital. Hadi is still recognized as Yemen’s head of state by most countries, including Egypt, which recently invited him to participate in an Arab League summit starting Thursday in Sharm al-Sheikh.

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