Yemen re-opened Aden's air and sea ports

After President Hadi accepted some demands from the dominant Houthi group Aden's air and sea ports re-opened.

Yemen re-opened Aden's air and sea ports

World Bulletin / News Desk

Authorities in southern Yemen re-opened Aden's air and sea ports on Thursday, officials said, after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accepted some demands from the dominant Houthi group in a move expected to ease days of tension in the capital.

Security authorities on Wednesday closed air, sea and land crossings into Yemen's southern port city of Aden after fighting in Sanaa that threw the Arab state deeper into turmoil.

They said the Aden security committee had said it was cancelling a decision to close the airport, sea port and land crossings in response to the agreement, which provided for all state institutions to return to work.

Airport staff said one flight from Cairo and one from the Yemeni city of Taiz had landed at Aden airport since they resumed work.

Officials at the Aden port also said they had resumed work.

Hadi's office issued a statement after meetings with senior advisers, including a representative of the Houthi group, agreeing to introduce amendments and changes to a draft of the new constitution and to appoint Houthi representatives to various state bodies.

The agreement also called on the government and all state bodies to resume work from Thursday.

A senior official of Yemen's Houthi movement said on Thursday that a statement issued by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi aimed at defusing a political crisis was acceptable because it confirmed terms of power-sharing agreement signed in September.

Witnesses said Houthi fighters remained in position outside the presdiential palace and Hadi's private residence, where the head of state actually lives. Hadi in his statement said the Houthis had agreed to remove their men from those places.

But Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi politburo, told Reuters the withdrawals of the gunmen, and the release of Hadi's office director, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, from Houthi detention could happen in one, two or three days, if the authorities committed to implementing the remaining items.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2015, 09:26