Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

The strike comes just a day after Saudi ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi agreed to reopen some ports to allow aid in.

Saudi Arabia's United Nations ambassador is denying that there has been an embargo on Yemen, saying "a temporary procedure" was taken for a few days to ensure the safety and security of Yemenis and Saudis and supplies were available.

"The first step in this process will be taken within 24 hours and involves reopening all the ports in areas controlled by" Yemen's internationally recognized government, which the coalition backs, read the mission's statement.

He added: "We believe that there should be a more robust verification mechanism in Hodeidah port and we want to work with the United Nations".

Transport minister Mourad al-Halimi had said Yemenia flights to the pro-government-held cities of Aden and Seiyun would resume on Sunday, but the national carrier said it did not have the necessary permits to fly.

Al-Mouallimi said the Saudi-led coalition wants tougher inspections at the port of Hodeida, which is controlled by Houthi Shiite rebels, because current United Nations -monitored inspections only check large ships, and "in the case of small and medium-size ships there is hardly any inspection that takes place in the port or anywhere else". The Houthis control most of northern Yemen.

The destruction of the navigation tower cuts off another aid supply line into Yemen where it is estimated 7million people are facing famine
Yemen rebels vow escalation as Saudis look to relax blockade

After intercepting a Riyadh bound missile last week that was sacked by the Houthi militia, Saudi Arabia tightened their embargo on Yemen, closing all air, land and sea ports with the aim of preventing the smuggling of any weapons into Yemen.

Is Yemen Saudi Arabia's Ukraine?

The U.S.is supporting a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the conflict, with intelligence, aerial refueling and the sale of weapons.

The US-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been at war in with the Shiite rebels known as Houthis since March 2015.

Some 2,000 of those deaths were the result of a cholera epidemic that swept rebel-held areas this summer, with half a million people infected.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi told reporters in NY on Monday that ports in government-controlled areas such as Aden, Mukalla and Mocha will be reopened. And amidst all this, an unrelenting blockade on airports, seaports and highways of the country by the Saudi-led coalition is only making the situation far more worse.

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