UN Still Can Send Humanitarian Flights to Sanaa Airport After Recent Strike

Yemenis battle the world’s worst cholera attack ever Twitter

Yemenis battle the world’s worst cholera attack ever Twitter

The United Nations says there's "no indication" a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels is lifting its blockade of Yemeni airports and sea ports as it announced the previous day.

"The flights will increase gradually in the coming days", the official said, noting Yemenia would resume its four weekly flights from Aden to Cairo, two to Jeddah and Riyadh, three to Amman and one to Khartoum.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's top priority humanitarian crisis, with more than 17 million people lacking food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

There was worldwide outcry last week when Saudi Arabia blockaded the country's ports after a missile was sacked towards its territory by the Houthi rebels.

The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 5,00,000 Yemenis have been infected with cholera this year.

Yemen's Sanaa global 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.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has repeatedly called on the Saudi regime to allow aid into Yemen, but they are often met with silence or excuses.


Yemen's Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing the country's main worldwide airport, destroying a navigation station that is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.

The first step towards the reopening is expected to be taken within 24 hours of the announcement made on Monday, however, at the time of writing, there are no media reports of any action taken by the coalition in the direction.

However, Mr McGoldrick said there was "no indication" yet of the blockade being lifted.

Initially, the ports Aden, Mocha, and Makulla will be opened as they are in areas under Yemen's internationally recognized government.

The US-backed coalition has been at war with the Shi'ite rebels, known as Houthis, since March 2015.

Aden port, which is controlled by allies of Saudi Arabia, does not have the capacity to handle the necessary volume of humanitarian cargo, he added. And landing aid there would also involve having to cross front lines to deliver it.

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