Saudis Will Open Aid Deliveries to Some 'Loyal' Yemen Ports

UN council fails to push Saudi coalition over Yemen blockade

UN council fails to push Saudi coalition over Yemen blockade

A week after hearing dire warnings of mass starvation in Yemen, the UN Security Council appeared powerless on Wednesday to push the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of humanitarian aid.

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

On Monday, Saudi Arabia's state-run media agency celebrated its delivery of food baskets to needy families and, as The Guardian reports, announced it would allow shipments of aid through several ports held by the Yemeni government.

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.

More than 8,670 people - 60% of them civilians - have also been killed and 49,960 injured in fighting on the ground and air strikes since the coalition intervened in the war in March 2015, according to the UN.

For its part, Iran long has denied supplying any arms to Yemen, though it has backed the Houthis and highlighted the high civilian casualties from the Saudi-led coalition's campaign of airstrikes. Yemen was the Arab world's poorest country even before the conflict began. The UN has called it the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world".

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A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in the port city of Hodeida on November 05, 2017.

Yemen's Sanaa worldwide airport still can be used to receive United Nations humanitarian flights following a recent airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition, however, the coalition should provide relevant security guarantees, Stephane Dujarric, the United Nations secretary general's spokesman, said.

Dujarric said the United Nations refugee agency expressed alarm at the worsening humanitarian situation, noting that at a center for displaced Yemenis in Sanaa "hundreds more people are approaching the facility daily, saying they are no longer able to meet basic needs or afford medical care".

McGoldrick was speaking to reporters in Geneva by phone from Amman, because he said flights into Sanaa were blocked.

"There are still huge problems and there has not been any progress on the. open humanitarian access through the ports of Hodeida and airport of Sanaa", both held by the rebels.

"We spoke about the humanitarian situation and the measures that needed to be taken so that worldwide aid can quickly get to the Yemeni population that have an extremely urgent need", Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a news conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel Jubeir.

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