Saturday 21 September 2019

Saudi-led coalition to allow aid into war-torn Yemen

A malnourished child waits to receive treatment in a hospital in Yemen (AP)
A malnourished child waits to receive treatment in a hospital in Yemen (AP)

The Saudi-led military coalition has announced it will reopen Yemen's main international airport in the capital of Sanaa and a vital Red Sea port to give access to humanitarian aid.

The coalition, fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen, said the Sanaa airport and the port of Hodeida in the war-torn country will reopen on Thursday.

The coalition imposed the closure of all sea, air, and land ports in the Arab world's poorest country over two weeks ago, in response to a missile assault by the Shiite rebels that targeted the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The missile was struck down but it was the farthest a projectile by the rebels, also known as Houthis, had penetrated into the kingdom.

The coalition said the United Nations and international relief groups have demanded it allow full access to hubs in Yemen so that humanitarian aid can reach those who desperately need it.

Aid groups have also warned of worsening conditions for millions of Yemenis who fully depend on the aid.


The UN said the move by Saudi Arabia will be "a very welcome and critically important development".

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the UN is "monitoring these developments and we're trying to see whether that actually takes place on the ground".

He said the world body has "made clear the tremendous amount of needs on the ground" and added: "We're ready to help if the ports are opened."

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