Saudi Arabia Allows UN Humanitarian Flights to Yemen Starting Saturday

Saudi Arabia Allows UN Humanitarian Flights to Yemen Starting Saturday

Saudi Arabia Allows UN Humanitarian Flights to Yemen Starting Saturday

The UN and other advocacy groups have pressured the Saudi-led coalition to allow aid into Yemen through the Hodeida and Saleef seaports, which the coalition had said they would reopen.

The Saudi-led coalition closed air, land and sea access to the Arabian Peninsula country for all humanitarian workers and organisations on November 6, saying the blockade would halt arms from reaching Houthi rebels.

He says that "at a time of starvation and a time of cholera, it's very important" to keep all aid channels open.

The Huthi government on Tuesday announced the country's main worldwide airport was fully functional again a week after a Saudi-led air strike destroyed the facility's navigation system.

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said Wednesday that it would reopen the country's main worldwide airport and a vital Red Sea port to humanitarian traffic.

About 7 million people face starvation in Yemen and their survival is dependent on worldwide assistance.

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The UN warned that millions of people in Yemen were at immediate risk by the blockade on food aid and fuel.

Since November 4th; there have been 82 permits issued to facilitate entry and aid distribution into Yemen: 40 permits through sea ports and 42 permits through airports.

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock called on November 8 for the blockade to be lifted, warning that Yemen would otherwise face "the largest starvation the world has seen for decades".

"Humanitarian relief only provides a small portion of the essential goods needed in Yemen - commercial supplies are critical to feed the population and keep basic services running", it said. The missile was shot down, but it was the farthest a projectile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels, also known as the Houthis, had travelled into the kingdom.

The blockade of Yemeni ports and airports has been the reason for United Nations authorities' concern over the humanitarian situation in the country.

The war has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced over 3 million, according to humanitarian agencies.

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