Saudi-led coalition announces reopening of Hodeidah port, Sana’a airport for humanitarian aid

November 23, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Riyadh (OIC-UNA) � The Command of Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen decided on Wednesday to reopen the port of Hodeidah and Sana’a airport to allow access of relief and emergency humanitarian supplies, with effect from November 23.

The port of Hodeidah will be reopened to receive food aid and humanitarian relief, and Sanaa airport will be open for UN flights with humanitarian relief, the coalition said a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The coalition said it would soon announce a comprehensive humanitarian operation plan aimed at providing assistance and relief to the people of Yemen as well as facilitating the access of foodstuffs to all Yemeni provinces. It added that these measures are part of the efforts of the coalition countries to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.

The statement also called on the United Nations to expedite the dispatch of a team to meet with specialists in the coalition command to review and improve the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) for Yemen, in order to achieve best practices that protect the Yemeni people and facilitate their access to the relief and humanitarian supplies, and prevent the Houthi militias from smuggling missiles and targeting neighboring countries.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi-led coalition closed all air, land and sea ports to Yemen earlier this month following the Houthi-Saleh militias’ launch of a ballistic missile toward the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Source: International Islamic News Agency