Saudi-led coalition air raid puts Yemen's Sana'a airport out of service

UN says Saudi's closure of Yemen's seaports undoes progress in fight against famine and cholera

UN says Saudi's closure of Yemen's seaports undoes progress in fight against famine and cholera

Saudi Arabia announced Monday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world's poorest country, days after closing them over a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

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.

An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put Yemeni airport in the Houthi-controlled capital Sana'a out of service today, jeopardising relief shipments to a country on the brink of starvation, the state news agency SABA reported.

"Simply because it shares a border with Yemen, Saudi Arabia has used the full leverage offered by U.S. and United Kingdom military support to tighten a blockade on Yemen and hinder efforts to send humanitarian aid, causing severe food shortage and lack of medical supplies".

Jamie McGoldrick of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who is based in Amman, said UN staff had visited the airport and spoken with authorities there.

"I would like to draw your urgent attention to the extremely appalling situation in Yemen, caused by aggression, indiscriminate targeting of civilians and a blockade, imposing intolerable suffering on the Yemeni people", Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote, calling for worldwide action to end the mass destruction in Yemen, according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the Foreign Ministry's website. The Saudi-led coalition was not immediately available for comment.

Missile Targeting Saudi Airport Was Iranian, Says US Official
Obama's successor Trump decertified the deal last month and slapped sanctions on Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards. Tehran says it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles and the missile programme is for defence purposes.

"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", Mr. McGoldrick told reporters.

Saudi Arabia is backing supporters of ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against rebels called the Houthis, who are backed by Iran and allied with militants supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Al-Mouallimi told reports from NY that the Coalition would conduct this process in complete agreement with Yemen's internationally recognized government, to allow the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.

It says: "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.

McGoldrick says access to such ports is "helpful" but that the key need is access to the rebel-held Red Sea ports of Salif and Hodeida, closer to large population centers.

A man walks through rubble in the Yemeni city of Sa'ada following airstrikes in 2015.

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