A Saudi-led coalition battling in Yemen on Tuesday said it forced a Red Cross plane to land in southern Saudi Arabia after it veered off course to fly over a military operation area in Yemen.
The plane heading to Djibouti changed its course after taking off from Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa, the coalition said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.
“Coalition forces communicated with the aircraft on the international distress frequency… but the crew did not respond,” a coalition spokesman said.
“Commands were given to redirect the aircraft away from the operations zone but to no avail. The aircraft was forced to land in Jizan” in the south of the kingdom.
The coalition accused the crew of air space violation and jeopardising the safety of four passengers onboard.
The International Committee of the Red Cross later said the plane headed from Sanaa to Djibouti had made “an unscheduled stop” in Jizan “due to technical issues”.
“The issue was resolved and the plane has landed in Djibouti this evening,” it said in a statement, adding that the ICRC was “investigating”.
Source credit: Daily Mail