Yemen Blockade Result of UN Silence, US Support: Yemeni Politician

Randolph Lopez
November 13, 2017

The move came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired towards Riyadh, which it blamed on Tehran.

The United Nations (UN) said on Friday that the coalition is still blocking desperately needed UN aid deliveries to Yemen despite the re-opening of the Yemeni port of Aden and also a land border crossing.

"The battleships and oil tankers of the aggression and their movements will not be safe from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if they are directed by the senior leadership [to attack]", the Houthis' official media outlet Al Masirah said on its website, citing a military commander.

The blockade has already impacted millions, with malnutrition now common across the country, particularly in the north, and upwards of a million people coming down with cholera in the worst outbreak in human history, which killed over 2,000 people alone.

"In this case we can target oil tankers".

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The Arabian coalition, which is fighting the rebels-Houthis in Yemen, lifted a temporary ban on flights to airports in Aden and Sauna in Yemen.

A Saudi-led, USA -backed coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government has been at war with the rebels since March 2015.

Meanwhile, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, reportedly said that if "the Saudi-led coalition wants oil ships to be safe then it better not invade" Hodeidah.

Three years into a brutal conflict, Yemen depends on imports - amounting to up to 90 per cent of its daily needs - and millions in the country are being kept alive by humanitarian aid. But ports in Houthi-held areas have remained shut.

The rebels have threatened additional attacks on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to the blockade.

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