Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Millions of lives were at risk because of the blockade, United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said to reporters in Geneva by telephone from Amman.

The Saudi-led coalition said Monday it would reopen Yemen's ports closed after a ballistic missile attack by Yemen on Riyadh - but not ports in Houthi-control territory.

"The continued closure by the Saudi-led coalition of critical seaports and airports is aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation".

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 US 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".

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels bombed the airport in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday, Yemeni officials said, though there were conflicting reports as to the extent of the damage.

The Saudi-led coalition hopes that will prevent "the smuggling of weapons, ammunitions, missile parts and cash that are regularly being supplied by Iran and Iranian accomplices to the Houthi rebels", the statement said.

"This will have no impact on our operations once they resume", McGoldrick said in an email from Amman, Jordan. More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in the epidemic.

Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missile used in that attack. "The humanitarians are just holding things together, waiting for a peace process which is very much in the distance".

Jamie McGoldrick said the north of the country had 20 days' stocks of diesel, which were crucial for pumping water and fighting a huge cholera outbreak, and 10 days' stocks of gasoline, with no prospect of resupply soon.

Yemen's national airline said on Tuesday a commercial flight had landed at Aden global airport after acquiring security permits.

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