'No indication' Saudi coalition reopening Yemen ports

'No indication' Saudi coalition reopening Yemen ports

Yemenia Airlines Chief Saleh Ba Hedile said in a statement at Cairo Airport that the flights resumed following the Saudi-led coalition lifted restriction on air travel to Yemen.

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

Saudi officials offered no justification for the attack, which added even further to United Nations concerns about the shortages across Yemen.

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.

He added: "We believe that there should be a more robust verification mechanism in Hodeidah port and we want to work with the United Nations".

A top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels who are at war with a Saudi-led military coalition is vowing retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its disastrous blockade of the war-torn country.

Saudi Arabia and its allies tightened a longstanding blockade of Yemen's land, sea and air borders a week ago in response to a missile fired by the Iran-backed Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh global airport.

Saudi Arabia has accused arch-foe Iran of supplying the ballistic missile which was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.

The more the blockade tightens, he said, the more the Houthis will develop their abilities to "respond to the assault of the enemy".

The blockade "is complicating what is already a catastrophic situation", McGoldrick said.

The announcement from the Saudi mission at the United Nations came after the coalition fighting Yemen's rebels, known as Houthis, faced widespread global criticism over the closure, with the U.N. and over 20 aid groups saying it could bring millions of already suffering people closer to "starvation and death".

Houthi rebels in Yemen have launched fresh accusations on the Saudi-led military coalition over the bombing of Sanaa Airport which is Yemen's main worldwide airport. The war has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and left much of the country's infrastructure in ruins.

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