Yemenis protest Saudi-led blockade

Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

Two days after ordering a nationwide seaport closure, the Saudi-led military coalition battling the Houthi movement in Yemen has allowed work to resume at the Port of Aden, an official there said on Wednesday.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen shut down the country's land, sea and air borders a week ago in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh.

A statement issued by the Coalition on Monday said it hopes the United Nations teams of experts would prevent "the smuggling of weapons, ammunitions, missile parts and cash that are regularly being supplied by Iran and Iranian accomplices to the Houthi rebels".

Last week, the World Health Organization warned that more Yemeni civilians will die over the closure of the Yemeni ports.

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"The country is still facing the world's largest cholera outbreak and 7 million people are on the brink of starvation, including some two million severely malnourished children". The humanitarian situation in the war-ravaged Yemen is now one of the deadliest in the world as starvation and lack of medical supplies leave millions at risk - the Saudi blockade of Yemen has added to the country's woes.

Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back the Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa, and restore the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

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