(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Saudi war in Yemen has killed a lot of civilians in a lot of different ways. Airstrikes, food shortages, and a massive cholera epidemic have been the big, well-documented problems. The closure of the Sanaa Airport hasn’t gotten nearly so much attention by comparison.
Even the UN can’t get to the airport reliably, because the naval blockade is preventing shipments of fuel to refuel the planes and allow them to get back out again. To the extent the airport was open before that, it was very limited, and early in the war, the Saudis bombed the airport to prevent an aid plane from Iran from landing.
Aid groups say the lack of travel is a growing problem, and it likely will be increasingly so because of the cholera epidemic. Getting out of the country to seek treatment means 10-20 hour drives to coast or to a smaller airport, and usually means a dangerous trip through active war zones.
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