Yemen Says Saudi-Led Coalition to Allow Commercial Flights

13 November, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Hunger Crisis in Yemen 2017

Should Monday's blockade - that saw the coalition force the closure of all of Yemen's borders - continue, says the United Nations, it would bring millions of people closer to "starvation and death".

Mohammad Ali al-Houthi said that if Saudi Arabia target Hodeidah port and its coastal areas, "we will make unprecedented steps" against the country, the Arabic-language Al Mayadeen TV network reported.

"The battleships and oil tankers of the aggression and their movements will not be safe from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if they are directed by the senior leadership (to attack)", the Houthis' official media outlet Al Masirah said on its website, citing a military commander.

The Huthis continue to control the capital Sanaa and much of Yemen's north. "When the objective of those measures ends, we will reopen those ports with introducing some needed amendments and reforms", Al-Mouallimi said.

Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in September his group could target Saudi oil tankers should the coalition attack Yemen's main port at Hodeidah.

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India has been trying to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his family but Pakistan had not accepted visa applications so far. To this end, India's written response was submitted to registrar Philippe Couvreur of the ICJ.

Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its Shi'Ite rival Iran a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Mouallimi, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that a committee tasked with following up on UN decisions was now investigating the Iranian ballistic missiles in the framework of updating violations against UN Resolutions, adding that the Saudi side awaits the results of the probe.

Earlier, the coalition reopened the Aden and Mukalla sea ports.

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