Friday, 24 November, 2017

UN Still Can Send Humanitarian Flights to Sanaa Airport After Recent Strike

YEMENCONFLICT UN Still Can Send Humanitarian Flights to Sanaa Airport After Recent Strike
Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 11:11

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition intensified its embargo on Yemen, closing all of the country's land, sea and air ports after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile towards the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

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.

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

"This halted the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the United Nations and other global organisations delivering humanitarian assistance", the rebel-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said.

The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 5,00,000 Yemenis have been infected with cholera this year.

Al-Mouallimi said the Saudi-led coalition wants tougher inspections at the port of Hodeida, which is controlled by Houthi Shiite rebels, because current United Nations -monitored inspections only check large ships, and "in the case of small and medium-size ships there is hardly any inspection that takes place in the port or anywhere else".

"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", Mr. McGoldrick told reporters.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 to push back the rebels who control the capital Sanaa, in an attempt to restore the Hadi government to power. And amidst all this, an unrelenting blockade on airports, seaports and highways of the country by the Saudi-led coalition is only making the situation far more worse.

On Monday, the coalition said it would reopen ports in areas held by allied forces and loosen restrictions it had raised after the firing of the missile, which was intercepted near Riyadh's worldwide airport. This does not replace Hodeidah port and Sanaa aiport - we need to allow these ports to operate as normal.

Aden, on the south coast of Aden, is the stronghold of the internationally recognised, Saudi-backed government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

According to local media reports, millions of civilians could avoid the suffering if the Saudi regime reopens this vital port so that humanitarian groups can deliver aid to the people in Yemen.