For the first time in almost six years, a commercial flight has taken off from the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The Yemenia airline machine took off for Amman on Monday morning with 126 passengers on board, AFP journalists reported. Most of the inmates were elderly or patients awaiting treatment in the Jordanian capital.

The flight was made possible by the ceasefire in Yemen, which has been in effect since the beginning of April and which was mediated by the United Nations. It will initially be valid for two months.

The Houthi rebels occupied the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2014. No commercial flight has departed from there since August 2016.