Hodeida Airport to be fenced
Several figures belonging to various Yemeni military branches, as well as merchants and tribesmen, have been attempting to take control of airport land, according to a July Yemen Times report.
Al-Twaiti said the committee ended all the recent construction developments on airport grounds, indicating that land will be fenced following the Sacrifice Eid, which begins Oct. 25.
Baseem Al-Janabi, a journalist in Hodeida, said the committee decided to fence the airport property, which has been under the control of the APGA since the 1970s. He said the land is officially demarcated, and lawful documents are available to prove the property lines.
The committee, headed by Chief of Staff Ahmed Ali Al-Ashwal, asserted the importance of ending all disputes concerning Hodeida Airport, according to Al-Janabi.
He said the committee met with all sides responsible for solving the Hodeida Airport land dispute, including the Air Defense leadership, Air Police, the AGPA and other investors who were granted plots of Hodeida Airport land.
The committee pledged compensation to civilian and military figures claiming to possess plots of land and can prove it with legal documents, Al-Janani said.
Abdulghani Muafa, the secretary general of Tehama Popular Organization, considered the implementation of the committee’s decision a difficult task, explaining that Brigade 67 has not accepted any requests to hand over land until all influential figures who hijacked land return what they took first.
Muafa said the local council should be accountable for what is happening at Hodeida airport.
“The local council is the one that handed over these lands to officials and influential persons.”
The Supreme National Anti-Corruption Committee decided last week on the importance of fencing the airport campus, in addition to providing full security protection to enable the AGPA to do so.