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Saudi Arabia says it will reopen Yemen airports, seaports

15 November 2017

Yemeni officials say the Saudi-led coalition has bombed the airport in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, damaging the runway and a ground navigation tower.

"This attack is meant to cause maximum damage and deprive millions of Yemenis from receiving life-saving food and medicines", Mohammed, a Houthi official who declined to give his surname, said.

"This halted the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the United Nations and other worldwide organisations delivering humanitarian assistance", the rebel-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said.

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The latest strikes came as a Houthi leader vowed retaliation against Saudi Arabia on Monday after the kingdom announced de-escalation measures in Yemen. As quoted by The Hindu, the Saudi mission statement hopes that the team from the United Nations will help in preventing "the smuggling of weapons, ammunitions, missile parts and cash that are regularly being supplied by Iran and Iranian accomplices to the Houthi rebels".

The UN says the closure of Hodeida port puts millions of civilians in the north at risk.

Last week, Saudi Arabia claimed their regime was reopening the Hodeideh Port to resume humanitarian aid deliveries; however, this was short-lived and no aid was delivered to country.

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Zarif's plan calls for "a ceasefire and an immediate end to all military operations, unimpeded urgent humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen, resumption of Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned national dialogue, with the participation of the representatives of all political parties and social groups, and establishment of an inclusive national unity government".

"Millions of Yemenis depend on this airport for aid and we have hundreds of staff use it to move in and out of the country", he said. "There are many sources of supply to Yemen, even during the past week or so".

"Seventy percent of families in Yemen live from hand to mouth, they buy from the shops and eat that very night at the table".

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The war gripped Yemen is facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis that is set to affect millions of civilians, as aid shipments have been blocked from entering in the country via land, air, and sea. But the United Nations said most of the airport remained intact and that it would be able to receive aid shipments once they restart.

Saudi Arabia says it will reopen Yemen airports, seaports