Yemen's civilians pay price of Saudi-led blockade

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The United Nations says there's "no indication" a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels is lifting its blockade of Yemeni airports and sea ports as it announced the previous day. He said the flights would increase gradually over the coming days. "There are many sources of supply to Yemen, even during the past week or so".

The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen last week following the interception of a missile fired toward the Saudi capital, saying it had to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

Yemen's Sanaa global airport still can be used to receive United Nations humanitarian flights following a recent airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition, however, the coalition should provide relevant security guarantees, Stephane Dujarric, the United Nations secretary general's spokesman, said.

Those ports are in Yemeni cities of Aden, Mocha and Mukalla.


Millions of lives were at risk because of the blockade, United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said to reporters in Geneva by telephone from Amman. he said.

The announcement from the Saudi mission at the United Nations came after the coalition fighting Yemen's rebels, known as Houthis, faced widespread global criticism over the closure, with the U.N. and over 20 aid groups saying it could bring millions of already suffering people closer to "starvation and death". The three-year-long conflict has resulted in an estimated 10,000 people being killed.

"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", Mr. McGoldrick told reporters.

The coalition said on Monday it would re-open ports in areas held by allied forces.


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

The House of Representatives on Monday held its first ever debate over USA military engagement in the civil war raging in Yemen and passed a non-binding resolution calling on parties to wage the conflict humanely and work toward bringing it to an end. The war is being waged between the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

According to local media reports, millions of civilians could avoid the suffering if the Saudi regime reopens this vital port so that humanitarian groups can deliver aid to the people in Yemen.


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