Earlier this week the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen prevented a plane from taking off from Djibouti, due to three BBC journalists being on board. The authorities claimed this was because they were unable to guarantee the safety of the journalists in ‘rebel-controlled areas’. The plane was carrying UN staff and was due to land in Sanaa.

In addition to a brutal civil war, Yemen is currently in the grips of what has been called the world’s worst ever cholera outbreak. Nearly 2,000 people have died in the last few months and ‘there are more than 320,000 suspected cases of cholera in the country and on average 5,000 new cases are recorded a day.’

From Reuters

Saudi-led coalition blocks U.N. aid staff flight carrying journalists to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen prevented a U.N. flight carrying aid agency staff from traveling to the Houthi-controled capital Sanaa on Tuesday because three international journalists were also aboard, aviation sources said.

The coalition, which intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, controls the airspace over Yemen and can prevent any flights made without prior permission.

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