Yemen port and airport 'opened for vital aid delivery'

Saudi Arabia eases blockade, reopens Yemen's Hudaydah port

"Even if both the flights and humanitarian shipments will go through now, it is not solving the underlying crisis that a country that needs 90 percent of its goods imported is not getting in commercial food or fuel".

"We are monitoring these developments and we are trying to see whether that actually takes place on the ground", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY.

The airport in the capital of Sanaa will reopen to United Nations aircraft and the sea port of Hodeida will be able to receive urgent humanitarian aid, the coalition said in a statement.

The UN humanitarian agency OCHA also said on Friday saying that supplies of petrol and diesel are expected to run out in the coming week and the largest fuel importing companies will no longer be able to supply the consumer market.

The intercepted ballistic missile fired from Yemen into the Kingdom on November 4 was smuggled into Yemen through the Port of Hudaydah, which is controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthi Militia.

The U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen says the closure of the country's main airport and two seaports by a Saudi-led coalition has threatened gains made in containing cholera and the risk of starvation in the war-torn country.

The coalition imposed a blockade November 6, after rebels fired a missile at the Saudi capital.

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About 7 million people face starvation in Yemen and their survival is dependent on worldwide assistance. "If that were to happen that would be a very welcome and critically important development".

Wednesday's announcement says the Sanaa airport and the port of Hodeida will reopen, starting from Thursday. Turki Al Maliki made a statement today detailing the reasons of the temporary closure of ports in Yemen and the extent of aid facilitated since their reopening.

Worldwide aid groups describe Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions at risk of starvation.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the Yemeni government's fight against the rebels.

The coalition announced that it's lifting the blockade after initially tightening it following a Houthi missile attack.

Each week, the group said, 500 children join hundreds of thousands suffering from malnutrition.

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