Saudi-led coalition wants Yemen weapons checks strengthened before main port reopens

17 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Mohammed Huwais  AFP

The Saudi-led military coalition shut down Yemen's sea and air ports as well as borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels near Riyadh.

Yemenia Airlines Chief Saleh Ba Hedile said in a statement at Cairo Airport that the flights resumed following the Saudi-led coalition lifted restriction on air travel to Yemen.

More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in a cholera outbreak now affecting almost one million people.

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that the Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen would begin gradually reopening airports and seaports in Yemen, days after closing them over a Houthi ballistic attack on Riyadh.

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Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Monday to draw attention to the "humanitarian nightmare" unfolding in Yemen - in part due to U.S. military assistance of the Saudi-led coalition laying seige to the country. Murphy explained in the detail the agonizing death from cholera that many in Yemen have already suffered and noting that "by the end of the year there will be 1 million people diagnosed with cholera". For ports in rebel-held or disputed territories, such as the city of Hodeida, the mission said it has asked the send a team of experts to discuss ways to make sure weapons can't be smuggled in. It said Monday the coalition would lift the blockade after widespread worldwide criticism.

A source in the Houthis said the two had not been kidnapped but ordered confined to a hotel after they were found travelling near combat areas in northern Yemen without permission.

After two years of a devastating war, the Houthis still control much of Yemen's north while the south falls under the embattled President of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognized by the worldwide community and who is supported by the Saudi-led coalition. Saudi officials say the missile was supplied by Iran, and enforced the blockade as retaliation. The Houthis have denied that.



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