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United Nations dismisses the Saudi demand to re-open the Yemen Port

14 November 2017, 07:06 | Melissa Porter

The Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthi movement in Yemen has allowed work to resume at the Port of Aden

The Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthi movement in Yemen has allowed work to resume at the Port of Aden

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen shut down the country's entry points a week ago, after a missile attack was sacked by Houthis at Riyadh.

On November 4 Saudi Arabia said it intercepted north or Riyadh is said was sacked from Yemen - blaming Iran for the incident, Saudi authorities accused Iran of "declaring war" on their country. According to the UN's aid coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, there was no time to wait for a new inspection system to be set up.

Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its blockade of his war-torn country. In a statement, Saudi's permanent United Nations representative said he confirms that "steps are being taken by the [Saudi-led] Coalition in full consultation and agreement with the Government of Yemen, to start the process of reopening airports and seaports in Yemen to allow for the safe transfer of humanitarian actors and humanitarian and commercial shipments".

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".


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

"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", he told reporters in Geneva in a phone conference. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahMcGoldrick said the Saudi plan to supply Yemen through the Saudi port of Jizan in the north and Aden in the south was too complicated, dangerous, slow and expensive, adding an estimated $30 per tonne to every shipment. The Hodeida port is held by rebels in Yemen. United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock last week warned that unless the blockade is lifted, Yemen will face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims".

Earlier this month, the Saudi-led coalition closed access to Yemeni ports following a ballistic missile attack toward Riyadh by Houthi rebels. "This import blockage will reverse those gains and leave millions of people in a very precarious situation as we move ahead". There's enough wheat and rice to feed the population of 28 million for four months.



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