United Nations dismisses Saudi conditions to reopen Yemen port

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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. 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. "I think it poses a critical threat to the lives of millions who are already struggling to survive".

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

Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

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On Monday Saudi agreed to reopen ports in government controlled areas, but demanded extra security measures be put in place around the rebel controlled port of Hodeida. A man looks from the door of an emergency ward at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen November 14, 2017.

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.

"We would like to confirm that steps are being taken by the coalition, in full consultation and agreement with the government of Yemen, to start the process of reopening airports and seaports in Yemen to allow for the safe transfer of humanitarian actors and humanitarian and commercial shipments". Women wait to fill up cooking gas cylinders outside a gas station amid supply shortage in Sanaa, Yemen November 7, 2017. Humanitarian agencies have been making gains in fighting starvation as well as the deadly cholera outbreak that has killed over 2,200 and made almost 1 million people ill. "The humanitarians are just holding things together, waiting for a peace process which is very much in the distance", he said. He said the flights would increase gradually over the coming days. The U.N. children's agency UNICEF had only three weeks of vaccine supplies left in Yemen, and both UNICEF and the World Health Organization had shipments of essential medicines and vaccines blocked in Djibouti, McGoldrick said.

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A Yemenia airlines official said a flight took off from Cairo and landed in Aden on Tuesday before returning to the Egyptian capital.

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