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

Kristopher Drake
November 15, 2017

The House of Representatives on Monday held its first ever debate over US military engagement in the civil war raging in Yemen and passed a non-binding resolution calling on parties to wage the conflict humanely and work toward bringing it to an end. "There are many sources of supply to Yemen, even during the past week or so".

The United Nations on Tuesday dismissed the Saudi demand that strict inspections be put in place at Yemen's Hodeida port before it lifts the blockade.

Al-Mouallimi also accused the Houthis of diverting humanitarian aid "to fulfill their own requirements" and "to trade in the black market and achieve exorbitant profits at the expense of the Yemeni people".

There was global outcry last week when Saudi Arabia blockaded the country's ports after a missile was sacked towards its territory by the Houthi rebels.

Jamie McGoldrick said the north of the country had 20 days' stocks of diesel, which were crucial for pumping water and fighting a huge cholera outbreak, and 10 days' stocks of gasoline, with no prospect of resupply soon.


Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its blockade of his war-torn country. Since then, Yemen has suffered devastating and indiscriminate airstrikes launched by a Saudi-led coalition to restore Hadi to power. The Saudi closure had drawn global condemnation and fears of a worsening humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

Although Iran denies backing the Houthi rebels, the Saudi-led coalition said it will continue to keep the seaport closed until the United Nations comes up with a program that ensures weapons intended for the Houthis do not make it into the country. The move came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired towards Riyadh, which it blamed on Tehran.

It says: "The first step in this process will be taken within 24 hours and involves reopening all the ports in areas controlled by" Yemen's internationally recognized government, which the coalition backs. The coalition closed all Yemen air, land and seaports last week in response to a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

The conflict began in 2015 when the Houthis took over Yemen's capital of Sana'a and the Yemeni government.

Those ports are in Yemeni cities of Aden, Mocha and Mukalla.

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