Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

The Saudi-led coalition has said aid workers and supplies would continue to be able to access Yemen despite the closure of its ports, but aid agencies say they have not been able to get through and have warned of starvation and a health catastrophe.

The fighting has also all but collapsed the country's health, and water and sanitation systems.

He stressed that the United Nations and its secretary general should adopt a clear stance against the Saudi siege on Yemen.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

Furthermore, all vessels that have passed inspection by the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism should not be subjected to interference, delays to or blockages so that they can proceed to port as rapidly as possible, he added. Today this was reported by Al Arabiya channel.

They urged an "immediate opening" of all air and seaports. Saudi defense forces shot the missile down and there were no casualties.

The coalition imposed the restrictions following the attack, effectively closing air, sea and land access to the war-torn country. Food supplies are expected to run out within six weeks while vaccines will last only a month.

Two days later, the Saudi-led coalition responded by closing access to Yemeni ports, saying this was needed to stop arms reaching the Houthis.

The world body has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, of whom seven million are at risk of starvation.

Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed and at least 40,000 wounded, mostly from Saudi-led air strikes.

"We reiterate that humanitarian aid is not the solution to Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe".

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