Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Three UN agencies urge Saudi-led coalition to lift Yemen blockade

Three UN agencies urge Saudi-led coalition to lift Yemen blockade

The civil aviation department of Yemen said on Tuesday that the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting rebels in Yemen inflicted an airstrike on the Sanaa worldwide airport, which resulted in the destruction of its navigation system.

Hedile noted the first flight carrying 218 passengers took off today.

The coalition said it closed the ports and borders to stop the flow of arms from Iran to the Houthis.

On Thursday, the leaders of the World Health Organization, the United Nations children's agency and the World Food Program issued a joint appeal for the easing of the blockade.

Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its disastrous blockade of his war-torn country.

Even with a partial lifting of the blockade, the WFP estimates, an additional 3.2 million will be pushed into hunger and if left untreated, 150,000 children could die within the coming months.

In another development, Daesh claimed responsibility for a auto bombing that security sources said killed 10 people, including civilians, at a security post in the government bastion of Aden on Tuesday.

For years, war has raged between the Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Houthi rebels who seized Yemen's capital along with the country's northwestern region.

"Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world".

In this April, 13, 2017 photo, Yemeni children wait to receive food rations provided by a local charity, in Sanaa, Yemen.

The U.N. aid coordinator called on the Saudi-led coalition to open all Yemen's seaports urgently on Tuesday, saying millions of lives were at risk.

Pressing the Government in the House of Lords, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon said: "Even allowing for the fact of jihadist terrorism, is not the greatest threat to peace coming from the Middle East now the imminent danger of a conflict between the Sunnis and the Shias, led by Saudi Arabia and Tehran, in which the West is backing one side and Russian Federation the other?"

In the letter to Saudi Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, Guterres called on the coalition to allow United Nations flights to Sanaa and Aden, and to reopen the key ports of Hodeida and Saleef in rebel-held territory.

Like the capital, Sanaa, Hodeida and Salif are in rebel-held territory.

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