Yemen rebels close Sanaa airport over virus
A Saudi-led military coalition battling the rebels has long controlled Yemen's airspace and the capital's airport had served only rare United Nations and humanitarian flights since 2016.
But the Iran-allied insurgents announced "the temporary halting of all passenger flights" for two weeks, starting on Saturday.
Yemen has not to date announced any cases of the COVID-19 illness, but the poor state of the country's health infrastructure after five years of war would mean that such an outbreak could be catastrophic.
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Yemen has over three million displaced people and over a third of the population needs humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations, which calls the country's crisis the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
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