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Yemen carrier suspends international flights from rebel-held Sanaa

— Sanaa (AFP)

Yemen's national carrier has suspended international flights from the country's capital, officials have said, citing a dispute with the Iran-backed Huthi rebels over access to funds.

Yemenia operates near-daily commercial flights to the Jordanian capital Amman -- its only direct international destination from Sanaa's Huthi-controlled airport which reopened last year following a six-year hiatus.

On Saturday, an official with the Huthi transport ministry told the rebel's Saba news agency that "Yemenia flights have been suspended from Sanaa airport".

In a statement, the airline blamed the rebels for the move, accusing them of restricting access to company accounts in Sanaa banks since March -- a charge the Huthis have denied.

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