Saudis Will Open Aid Deliveries to Some 'Loyal' Yemen Ports

Pauline Gross
November 17, 2017

A week after hearing dire warnings of mass starvation in Yemen, the UN Security Council appeared powerless on Wednesday to push the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of humanitarian aid.

Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its disastrous blockade of his war-torn country.

Al-Sammad said that with the blockade, the coalition "shut down all doors for peace and dialogue".

Saudi Arabia announced it shut down all ports after a Houthi ballistic missile attack near Riyadh's global airport.

Earlier this month, the Saudi-led coalition closed access to Yemeni ports following a ballistic missile attack toward Riyadh by Houthi rebels.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

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In another development, Daesh claimed responsibility for a vehicle bombing that security sources said killed 10 people, including civilians, at a security post in the government bastion of Aden on Tuesday. But the coalition has made little progress, and the rebels still control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa. Yemen was the Arab world's poorest country even before the conflict began.

More than 20 million people, more than half of whom are children, are in need of urgent assistance. He said the flights would increase gradually over the coming days.

The House vote came a day before the top United Nations aid official in Yemen called on the Saudi-led coalition to open all Yemen's sea ports urgently, saying it risked undoing the fight against cholera and hunger, with 7 million already in "famine-like conditions".

While welcoming the re-opening of Aden port, the United Nations chief said this alone will not meet the needs of 28 million Yemenis, Dujarric told a daily press briefing.

The reported airstrike on Sanaa airport came as flights resumed to the airport in the government-held southern city of Aden, after the coalition granted permission for them to resume.

Other reports by GizPress

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