Saudi-led airstrikes destroy air navigation system of Yemen's capital airport: spokesman

The Latest: Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo

The Latest: Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo

For ports in rebel-held or disputed territories, such as the city of Hodeida, the mission said it has asked the U.N.to send a team of experts to discuss ways to make sure weapons can't be smuggled in.

"We have some 21 million people needing assistance and seven million of those are in famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid", United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said.

While the language of the resolution calls to "increase efforts to adopt all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent civilian casualties and increase humanitarian access", it does not call for an end to USA support of the Saudi-led coaltion attacking Yemen.

Girls react as they stand near their damaged house at the site of a Saudi-led airstrike near Yemen's Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

"This will have no impact on our operations once they resume", McGoldrick said in an email from Amman, Jordan.


Saudi Arabia announced Monday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world's poorest country, days after closing them over a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

The coalition said Monday that it would reopen ports in areas held by allied forces and loosen restrictions it had tightened after the firing of the missile, which was intercepted near Riyadh's worldwide airport. "Seven million people are already on the brink of starvation and the blockade will only bring them closer to it". More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in the epidemic.

Flights between Egyptian capital Cairo and Yemen's port city of Aden resumed after an 8-day hiatus, according to an official of Yemen's national flag carrier on Tuesday. Residents several kilometers (miles) away heard a large explosion and saw thick black smoke rising from the area.

Medical officials said six soldiers were killed, with the death toll expected to rise.

The coalition seeks to reinstate internationally-recognized Yemeni government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was forced by Houthi rebels into exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

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