The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be 'the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation', according to state media.
Irregularly issued passports have been facilitating the passage of Houthi allies, including Hizbullah operatives, and have caused headaches and travel delays for civilians.
Iran's civil aviation authority has confirmed that two Tor-M1 surface-to-air missiles were fired at the civilian aircraft as it was en route to Kiev.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, a failure occurred with the telecommunications system operated by SITA.
The Iran-backed militia has been holding the vessels and tens of thousands of barrels of oil for over 26 days, despite eased restrictions by the coalition this year.
Yemeni and international officials tell Al-Mashareq that reopening the airport will help to restore commercial activity and facilitate travel.