Saudi-led Coalition to Begin Allowing Aid Into Yemen

Saudi-led Coalition to Begin Allowing Aid Into Yemen

According to the official, the United Nations has not received an approval from the Saudi-led coalition to deliver humanitarian aid to the crisis-torn state by sea and stressed the need to resume "commercial imports, in particular, fuel supplies for our humanitarian response and for water pumping".

Years of conflict and worldwide embargo have caused a starvation in Yemen.

The coalition has given clearance for U.N. flights in and out of Sanaa from Amman on Saturday, involving the regular rotation of aid workers, said Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He also said the world body has "made clear the tremendous amount of needs on the ground".

Saudi Arabia tightened a blockade on Yemen earlier this month after Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the country fired a rocket deep into the conservative Sunni Muslim country.

"It is good news", said Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations humanitarian chief for Yemen.

The coalition imposed a blockade November 6, after rebels fired a missile at the Saudi capital.

"Of course, if that were to happen that would be a very welcome and critically important development".

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

Wednesday's announcement says the Sanaa airport and the port of Hodeida will reopen, starting from Thursday.

The spokesperson of the coalition, Turki al-Maliki said on Friday, that the missile launched towards the city of Riyadh entered through the port of Hodeidah. The missile was struck down but it was the farthest a projectile by the rebels, also known as Houthis, had penetrated into the kingdom.

Global aid groups describe Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions at risk of starvation.

Aid groups have also warned of worsening conditions for millions of Yemenis who fully depend on the aid.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the Yemeni government's fight against the rebels.

The IRC condemned the global community, saying its silence "is a disgrace and is enabling what could be collective punishment".

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