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Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

15 November 2017
Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Meanwhile in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, the United Nations dismissed Houthi claims that a Saudi-led air strike had destroyed the navigation station of the worldwide airport, which is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.

The fiery comments came even as Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it will begin reopening airports and seaports in Yemen — those in areas not controlled by the rebels — after days of closing them over a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

The United Nations now lists Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

"There is no embargo", Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said.

Yemeni officials in Sanaa, which is held by the rebels, said the airport's runway had also been damaged, claiming fix crews were already at work.

Al-Mouallimi told reports from NY that the Coalition would conduct this process in complete agreement with Yemen's internationally recognized government, to allow the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.

He says they are now inaccessible to United Nations aid shipments. "The runway, taxiway, ramp, terminal and air traffic control tower were not hit and are in good condition".

"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", he told reporters in Geneva in a phone conference. But, said McGoldrick, the blockade puts that progress in jeopardy. The top Iranian diplomat said, "Blocking of humanitarian access to an already famine-stricken Yemen and the decision to "close all Yemeni air, sea and land ports" have further deteriorated the humanitarian nightmare in Yemen".

Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missile used in that attack.

Saudi Arabia said Monday that the coalition would reopen seaports and airports in areas controlled by the Yemeni government, but those in rebel-held areas, including Hudaydah and Sanaa, would remain closed.

While coalition announcements about the availability of two ports in southern Yemen are "helpful", the key need is access to the rebel-held Red Sea ports of Salif and Hodeida, which are now inaccessible to United Nations aid shipments.

It says those ports are in Aden, Mocha and Mukalla. And landing aid there would also involve having to cross front lines to deliver it.