Preparations to Operate Int'l Flights from Eastern Yemen Begin

 A Yemeni Airlines flight lands at Al-Ghaydah International Airport coming from Al-Rayyan Airport in Mukalla. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
A Yemeni Airlines flight lands at Al-Ghaydah International Airport coming from Al-Rayyan Airport in Mukalla. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Preparations to Operate Int'l Flights from Eastern Yemen Begin

 A Yemeni Airlines flight lands at Al-Ghaydah International Airport coming from Al-Rayyan Airport in Mukalla. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
A Yemeni Airlines flight lands at Al-Ghaydah International Airport coming from Al-Rayyan Airport in Mukalla. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

A delegation from the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority visited Al-Ghaydah International Airport in Al-Mahra Governorate (eastern Yemen), in preparation for the launching of international flights to and from the airport, including trips for Yemeni pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season.
Flights were resumed in July 2023 when the Saudi Reconstruction Development Program for Yemen completed the rehabilitation of the airport, raising its efficiency and improving the quality of services provided to travelers and airlines, in accordance with the requirements of international navigation systems.
The project includes rehabilitating the airport buildings and units, equipping them with navigation (R-NAV) and communications systems that comply with International Civil Aviation Organization specifications, renovating the waiting, departure and inspection halls, and completing works for the fire, rescue and water unit at the airport, in addition to providing integrated lighting for the airport fence.
The project also provides many job and investment opportunities for residents, in addition to offering the necessary training and qualification for Yemeni cadres on the latest airport technologies, such as communications systems and modern fire fighting vehicles.
The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen attaches great importance to the transportation sector as one of the important tributaries of Yemen’s economy. Projects in the transportation sector include the rehabilitation of airports, mainly the Aden International Airport, whose first and second phases were launched, with the aim to improve the quality of services provided to passengers and operating airlines.
The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen provided more than 229 service development projects and initiatives in various Yemeni regions in 7 basic sectors, including education, health, water, energy, and transportation, in addition to agriculture and fisheries.



Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
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Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)

Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of the Mawasi displaced persons' camp in the northwest of the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Sunday in fierce fighting with Hamas-led fighters, residents said.
Images of two Israeli tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the coastal area went viral on social media, but Reuters could not independently verify them.

"The fighting with the resistance has been intense. The occupation forces are overlooking the Mawasi area now, which forced families there to head for Khan Younis," said one resident, who asked not to be named, on a chat app.

More than eight months into Israel's war in the Hamas-administered Palestinian enclave, its advance is focused on the two areas its forces have yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern tip and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center.

Residents said Israeli tanks had pushed deeper into western and northern Rafah in recent days, blowing up dozens of houses.

The Israeli military said it was continuing "intelligence-based, targeted operations" in the Rafah area and had located weapons stores and tunnel shafts, and killed Palestinian gunmen.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement said their fighters had attacked Israeli forces in Rafah with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs and pre-planted explosive devices.

Elsewhere, an Israeli airstrike killed eight Palestinians in Sabra, a suburb of Gaza City in the north, and another strike killed two people in Nuseirat in central Gaza.

The military said it had struck dozens of targets throughout the Strip.

On Saturday, Palestinian health officials said at least 40 Palestinians had been killed in separate Israeli strikes in some northern Gaza districts, where the Israeli army said it had attacked Hamas's military infrastructure. Hamas said the targets were the civilian population.

In Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, health officials at Kamal Adwan Hospital said a baby had died of malnutrition, taking the number of children dead of malnutrition or dehydration since Oct. 7 to at least 30, a number that health officials say reflects under-recording.