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United Nations calls on Saudi coalition to open Yemeni seaports

United Nations calls on Saudi coalition to open Yemeni seaports

The Saudi-led coalition said Monday it would reopen Yemen's ports closed after a ballistic missile attack by Yemen on Riyadh - but not ports in Houthi-control territory.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia said it would begin opening airports and seaports, but that has not happened yet.

The UN's aid coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said there was no time to wait for a new inspection system to be set up. "I think it poses a critical threat to the lives of millions who are already struggling to survive". "The humanitarian impact of what is happening right now is unimaginable".

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted for a resolution declaring that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under previous legislation which has given the president power to combat terror overseas and invade Iraq in 2003.

A man looks from the door of an emergency ward at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen November 14, 2017.

The blockade "is complicating what is already a catastrophic situation", McGoldrick said.

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"We would ask that the coalition opens all the seaports as a matter of urgency and allows humanitarian and other supplies to move, as well as the movement of aid workers", he said.

For its part, Iran long has denied supplying any arms to Yemen, though it has backed the Houthis and highlighted the high civilian casualties from the Saudi-led coalition's campaign of airstrikes. Humanitarian agencies have been making gains in fighting starvation as well as the deadly cholera outbreak that has killed over 2,200 and made almost 1 million people ill. "The humanitarians are just holding things together, waiting for a peace process which is very much in the distance".

The strike "led to the total destruction of the VOR/DME radio navigation system, taking it offline and thus halting the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the United Nations and other worldwide organisations delivering humanitarian assistance", the rebel-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Rebel authorities in Yemen said on Tuesday that a Saudi-led air strike had destroyed a navigation station at Sanaa global airport, which is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.

Yemen had commercial wheat stocks for three months for the entire population of 28 million and about 120 days of rice.


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