Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen's air and seaports within next 24 hours

Coalition to Gradually Reopen Yemen's Seaports, Airports

Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen's air and seaports within next 24 hours

"There is no embargo", Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said.

"There is no embargo", he said.

World Health Organization officials say more than 8,600 people have died since fighting broke out in Yemen in March 2015.

The United Nations on Tuesday dismissed the Saudi demand that strict inspections be put in place at Yemen's Hodeida port before it lifts the blockade.

The House of Representatives on Monday held its first ever debate over USA military engagement in the civil war raging in Yemen and passed a non-binding resolution calling on parties to wage the conflict humanely and work toward bringing it to an end.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen shut down the country's entry points a week ago, after a missile attack was sacked by Houthis at Riyadh.

Zarif's plan calls for "a ceasefire and an immediate end to all military operations, unimpeded urgent humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen, resumption of Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned national dialogue, with the participation of the representatives of all political parties and social groups, and establishment of an inclusive national unity government".

Saleh al-Sammad, the head of the Presidency Council of Yemen's rebels, also known as Houthis, told a rally of thousands of supporters marching down a main boulevard in the capital, Sanaa, that the coalition has "shut down all doors for peace and dialogue".

"I would like to draw your urgent attention to the extremely appalling situation in Yemen, caused by aggression, indiscriminate targeting of civilians and a blockade, imposing intolerable suffering on the Yemeni people", Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote, calling for global action to end the mass destruction in Yemen, according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the Foreign Ministry's website.

The mission's announcement came in a statement early on Monday.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi told reporters in NY on Monday that ports in government-controlled areas such as Aden, Mukalla and Mocha will be reopened. The port of Aden controlled by allies of Saudi Arabia but does not have the capacity, according to the United Nations, to handle the necessary volume of humanitarian cargo. The missile was intercepted near the capital of the country. The resolution does not address whether USA support for the Saudi-led coalition in the conflict triggers the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which lawmakers are split over. Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the two-and-a-half-year conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

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