Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

The Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthi movement in Yemen has allowed work to resume at the Port of Aden The Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthi movement in Yemen has allowed work to resume at the Port of Aden
Saul Franklin | 15 November, 2017, 01:06

The top Iranian diplomat said, "Blocking of humanitarian access to an already famine-stricken Yemen and the decision to "close all Yemeni air, sea and land ports" have further deteriorated the humanitarian nightmare in Yemen".

Seven million people are at risk of starvation in Yemen, according to the United Nations, and are relying nearly exclusively on aid to feed themselves.

An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put Yemeni airport in the Houthi-controlled capital Sana'a out of service today, jeopardising relief shipments to a country on the brink of starvation, the state news agency SABA reported.

So far, Saudi wants to bring supplies into Yemen via the ports of Jizan and Aden, a plan McGoldrick said was unsafe and slow.

Air traffic in Sana'a's airport is now restricted to flights carrying humanitarian aid sent by the United Nations and other worldwide organisations.

Jamie McGoldrick of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who is based in Amman, said UN staff had visited the airport and spoken with authorities there.

Over two years ago, Houthi fighters dislodged the Saudi-allied president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi, who later fled to Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi told reporters in NY on Monday that ports in government-controlled areas such as Aden, Mukalla and Mocha will be reopened, but demanded more rigorous checks at the Red Sea port of Hodeida.

After the blockade by the Saudi-led coalition, the United Nations has warned that already catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen was worsening each day as the country 90% depends on exports for daily necessities.

"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", he told reporters in Geneva in a phone conference. The resolution does not address whether USA support for the Saudi-led coalition in the conflict triggers the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which lawmakers are split over.

Millions of lives were at risk because of the blockade, United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said to reporters in Geneva by telephone from Amman.

Seven million people are already on the brink of starvation, and the blockade will only bring them closer to it, OCHA warned.

A man walks through rubble in the Yemeni city of Sa'ada following airstrikes in 2015. And landing aid there would also involve having to cross front lines to deliver it.

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