Saudis Reopen Yemen Border Crossing, Still Block Aid

Saudis Reopen Yemen Border Crossing, Still Block Aid

Saudis Reopen Yemen Border Crossing, Still Block Aid

According to, the announcement comes after Saudi air defense forces reported that they had intercepted a ballistic missile in midair that was sacked from Yemen over northern Riyadh. Two days later, the Saudi-led coalition responded by closing access to Yemeni ports, saying this was needed to stop arms reaching the Houthis.

The government-held southern Yemeni port of Aden was reopened on Wednesday, but ports in Houthi-held areas are still shut.

The near-term concern is for the lack of medicine, as northern Yemen is essentially out of everything at this point, and doctors say several hundred patients will die within the next week simply for lack of medicine.

The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes. "When the goal of those measures ends, we will reopen those ports with introducing some needed amendments and reforms", Al-Mouallimi said.

The Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked Hodeidah on Friday and killed and injured 16 fisherman in al-Bawadi region.

Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them.

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

The Saudi-led coalition has said aid workers and supplies would continue to be able to access Yemen despite the closure of its ports, but aid agencies say they have not been able to get through and have warned of starvation and a health catastrophe.

Earlier, the coalition reopened the Aden and Mukalla sea ports.

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