Twitter campaign to lift blockade on Sana'a International Airport
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 a Twitter camping was launched at 8:00 PM local time featuring the Hashtag #End_Yemen_Siege and demanding an end to the coalition’s blockade on Sana’a International Airport.
The campaigners have tweeted hundreds of times demanding the airport reopened and calling the blockade imposed on it as a war crime and a violation of international law.
The tweets included photos of Yemeni citizens waiting in the airport trying to leave the country for medical reasons and others who are stranded abroad trying to reenter the country but cannot due to the airport closure.
Losses incurred by the Yemeni transportation sector, patients who need to travel for medical procedures and victims of the “Great Hall Massacre” who need to travel abroad and receive treatment have also been mentioned in the tweets as casualties of the airport closure.
The blockade imposed on Yemen in general and the air embargo in particular have caused a lot of suffering to most of the Yemeni population from business men who have troubles when importing goods to students who cannot go abroad to study and patients who cannot leave the country to receive treatment.
Regardless of the ongoing war, closing Sana’a International Airport is a deliberate form of collective punishment and must come to an end.