A, Yemen: As international mediators and world powers continue to encourage Yemen’s warring sides to prolong the two-month cease-fire, a second commercial flight carrying scores of people landed at the Houthi-controlled Sanaa airport on Wednesday.

The plane took off from Amman in the morning and landed at Sanaa airport at 2:00 p.m., bolstering prospects of flights to other destinations and the deepening of the ceasefire.
The UN’s Yemen ambassador, Hans Grundberg, who assisted in the negotiations, announced the departure of the second flight from Amman.

“A second commercial flight took off from Amman to Sanaa transporting Yemeni passengers at 10:30 a.m. today, as per the provisions of the peace deal,” Grundberg tweeted.

After the Yemeni government allowed travelers with Houthi-issued passports to leave the country, the first commercial flight since 2016 took off from Sanaa airport on Monday.

The resumption of flights from Sanaa is one of the provisions of the April 2 cease-fire agreement. The Yemeni parties agreed to cease combat on all fronts, enable fuel ships to enter Hodeidah seaports, and work with the United Nations to open highways in Taiz and other provinces.

Simultaneously, the UN envoy announced on Wednesday that he had resumed meetings in Amman with Yemeni economists, politicians, and security officials to generate ideas for his peace plan.

“The UN envoy for #Yemen continues consultations today to determine the multi-track process’s economic, political, and security goals.” His office tweeted, “Today he meets with a varied mix of Yemeni public personalities, experts, and civil society activists.”

Grundberg said he discussed extending the accord with various Yemeni groups in his remarks to the press after his confidential briefing to the UN Security Council on Tuesday. “Yemenis cannot afford to return to the pre-truce state of constant military escalation and political paralysis. I’m continuing to work with the parties to address outstanding issues and assure the truce’s extension,” he said, adding that the Houthis had yet to designate representatives for a meeting with the Yemeni government to discuss lifting the blockade on Taiz.
The US envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, also urged the warring parties to keep the cease-fire in place and work together to open roads in Taiz.

“We believe that the return of flights to and from Sanaa would provide relief to Yemenis.” We must ensure that people and products can flow freely, including opening routes to Taiz. “We urge all parties to respect and prolong the UN cease-fire,” Lenderking tweeted.

Residents in besieged Taiz have upped their ground and social media campaigns to call attention to their everyday misery.
“This siege has turned Taiz into a big prison and has resulted in a true human catastrophe.” “They opened Sanaa airport and ports while ignoring Taiz’s suffering from the siege,” said Ahmed Al-Qaidhy, a local activist.


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