Saudi Coalition Agrees To Reopen Yemeni Ports To Humanitarian Aid

Henrietta Strickland
Ноября 23, 2017

The conflict in Yemen pits the Shiite Houthi rebels and the ousted president's forces against the internationally recognized government and its main backer, the Saudi-led coalition.

The coalition imposed a blockade November 6, after rebels fired a missile at the Saudi capital.

The Saudi-led coalition chose to reopen Sanaa airport and the Red Sea port of Hodeida starting Thursday to allow the access of humanitarian relief to the Yemeni people.

The Saudi authorities announced that the blockades on rebel-held Hodeida port and Sana'a airport were being lifted for urgent humanitarian supplies from noon local time.

A statement issued by the NRC´s country director in Yemen, Mutasim Hamdan said the Council welcomes every opportunity to enable the movement of urgently needed aid through what is otherwise an impenetrable blockade on Yemen's most critical ports, however further restrictions need to give.

United Nations officials welcomed the move, albeit cautiously, as it was not clear whether humanitarian missions into Yemen would be allowed to return to pre-blockade levels. The reintroduction of commercial traffic to Yemen's ports was also uncertain. "If that were to happen that would be a very welcome and critically important development". He also said the world body has "made clear the tremendous amount of needs on the ground".

McGoldrick says 7 million of Yemen's 27 million people rely on food aid.

Shortly after the closure, United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the blockade could spark the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.

The coalition sys the United Nations and worldwide relief groups have demanded the coalition allow full access to hubs in Yemen so that humanitarian aid can reach those that desperately need it.

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said here Thursday that the Islamic republic provides "advisory assistance" for Yemeni Shiite Houthi militants, Tasnim news agency reported.

Saudi Arabia is leading a mostly Arab military coalition to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. The announcement came after the coalition tightened a blockade November 6, in response to a missile fired toward the Saudi capital by Shiite rebels in Yemen.

Ships were ordered to leave the Red Sea ports of Hodeida and Salef, the only lifeline to northern Yemen where most of the population lives.

Reopening the ports to aid but not to commercial imports is pitiful bartering with peoples lives.

Saudi Arabia said the move was meant to stop the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran, although Iran has denied supplying weapons to the rebel forces.

Nearly 9,000 people have since been killed, but millions face the risk of a deadly cholera epidemic and stand on the brink of starvation.

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