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Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen's air and seaports within next 24 hours
15 November 2017, 11:07 | Erica Roy
A Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in the coastal city of Hodeidah
Saudi Arabia's mission to the United Nationssays the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world's poorest country.
Hedile noted the first flight carrying 218 passengers took off today. The coalition closed all air, land and sea ports in Yemen last week in response to a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.
After two years of a devastating war, the Houthis still control much of Yemen's north while the south falls under the embattled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognised by the worldwide community and who is supported by the Saudi-led coalition.
It says those ports are in Aden, Mocha and Mukalla.
George Khoury, the United Nations country director for Yemen, told Al Jazeera he was "concerned" Tuesday's air strikes could affect operations in the country.
Muhrez said more importantly, humanitarian aid can not replace commercial shipments.
Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missile used in that attack.
Since then, Yemen has suffered devastating and indiscriminate airstrikes launched by a Saudi-led coalition to restore Hadi to power.
He also said that the more the blockade tightens, the more the Houthis will develop their abilities to "respond to the assault of the enemy".
A Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen's capital destroyed a navigation station at Sanaa airport, which is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments, local authorities capital said on Tuesday.
The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's top priority humanitarian crisis, with more than 17 million people lacking food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.
- Aims to prevent smuggling of weapons into Yemen.
The United Nations has warned a total blockade could cause starvation in Yemen, where war has killed at least 10,000 people in the last two and a half years. On Tuesday, the United Nations called on Saudi Arabia to fully open the ports of Yemen to deliver humanitarian aid to the country. The Hodeida port is held by rebels in Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition has been targeting the Houthis since they seized parts of Yemen in 2015, including the capital Sanaa, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and seek help from neighboring Saudi Arabia.
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