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

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

Yemen's Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing the country's main global airport, destroying a navigation station that is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.

They say the Tuesday airstrikes will hinder the airport's operation but that fix crews are at work.

"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.

After the blockade by the Saudi-led coalition, the United Nations has warned that already catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen was worsening each day as the country 90% depends on exports for daily necessities.

The House resolution explicitly states that the war authorizations passed after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and that passed before the 2003 invasion of Iraq do not extend to the Yemeni civil war. 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".

Initially, the ports Aden, Mocha, and Makulla will be opened as they are in areas under Yemen's internationally recognized government. Humanitarian aid can not replace commercial shipments.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen shut down the country's entry points a week ago, after a missile attack was sacked by Houthis at Riyadh.

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Meanwhile, Aden's port - which is controlled by allies of Saudi Arabia - does not have the capacity, according to the United Nations, to handle the necessary volume of humanitarian cargo and would mean hazardous cross-line deliveries.

Despite the worldwide help that Yemen has received through the humanitarian aid effort by the United Nations this year, severe food and medicine shortages have remained.

Aid agencies warned the move would worsen the humanitarian crisis in the country, where the war has left an estimated seven million people facing starvation.

"We are still assessing the situation. but are extremely concerned at the risk posed to our supply pipelines".

Air raids destroyed radio navigation station for aircraft, civil aviation authorities told SABA, which is controlled by the Houthis.

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

Speaking to Al Jazeera from Sanaa, Rasha Muhrez, director of operations at the charity Save the Children, said aid agencies were struggling to contain the crisis.

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