The Latest: Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo
15 November, 2017, 03:43
Saudi Arabia and its allies have said the tightening of restrictions on Yemen is a direct response to a missile attack against Riyadh earlier this month, claimed by the Iran-backed Huthis. It calls on Saudi Arabia to not target school, hospitals or other targets on its no-strike list and to broadly improve targeting.
The U.N. children's agency UNICEF had only three weeks of vaccine supplies left in Yemen, and both UNICEF and the World Health Organization had shipments of essential medicines and vaccines blocked in Djibouti, McGoldrick said.
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". Saudi officials say the missile was supplied by Iran, and enforced the blockade as retaliation.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen announced a suspension of border crossing via air, marine and land routes following a ballistic missile fired from Yemen targeting Saudi capital Riyadh on November 6.
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"The continued closure by the Saudi-led coalition of critical seaports and airports is aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation".
He also said that the more the blockade tightens, the more the Houthis will develop their abilities to "respond to the assault of the enemy".
An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put Yemeni airport in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa out of service on Tuesday, jeopardizing relief shipments to a country on the brink of starvation, the state news agency SABA reported.
The Saudi U.N. ambassador denied that there has been an embargo, saying "a temporary procedure" was taken for a few days to ensure the safety and security of Yemenis and Saudis, and that supplies were available.
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The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area. The ministry said it would investigate the incident, which it blamed on a civilian employee.
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