'No Indication' Saudi Coalition Reopening Yemen Ports

Coalition to Gradually Reopen Yemen's Seaports, Airports

Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen's air and seaports within next 24 hours

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.

Hedile noted the first flight carrying 218 passengers took off today.

The House vote came a day before the top United Nations aid official in Yemen called on the Saudi-led coalition to open all Yemen's sea ports urgently, saying it risked undoing the fight against cholera and hunger, with 7 million already in "famine-like conditions".

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Speaking on behalf of the Kingdom, Saudi Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Mouallimi said that the Coalition would start opening the ports and airports in the liberated areas.

Rebel authorities in Yemen said on Tuesday that a Saudi-led air strike had destroyed a navigation station at Sanaa global airport, which is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.

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The UN's aid coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said there was no time to wait for a new inspection system to be set up.

"We have some 21 million people needing assistance and seven million of those are in famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid", he said.

According to Politico, the resolution "publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels". Humanitarian agencies have been making gains in fighting starvation as well as the deadly cholera outbreak that has killed over 2,200 and made almost 1 million people ill. "The humanitarians are just holding things together, waiting for a peace process which is very much in the distance", he said.

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

The Houthis control most of the north, including Sana'a and its worldwide airport, while the Saudi-led coalition dominates the airspace. But, said McGoldrick, the blockade puts that progress in jeopardy. There's enough wheat and rice to feed the population of 28 million for four months.

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