Yemen used to import about 70 percent of its daily needs before the blockade, but since the start of the siege, food and medicine are in short supply, with cooking gas prices having surged by around 100 percent and fuel unavailable at most gas stations. The situation just got much worse.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing the country's main global airport, destroying a navigation station that is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.
Saudi Arabia's United Nations ambassador is denying that there has been an embargo on Yemen, saying "a temporary procedure" was taken for a few days to ensure the safety and security of Yemenis and Saudis and supplies were available.
- Saudi Arabia intensifies blockade on Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and its allies tightened a longstanding blockade of Yemen's land, sea and air borders a week ago in response to a missile fired by Houthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh worldwide airport.
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Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi reiterated at a news conference at United Nations headquarters in NY on Monday that closed seaports and airports will start reopening within the 24 hours promised late Sunday.
After intercepting a Riyadh bound missile last week that was sacked by the Houthi militia, Saudi Arabia tightened their embargo on Yemen, closing all air, land and sea ports with the aim of preventing the smuggling of any weapons into Yemen.
Jamie McGoldrick of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday the world body is aware of an announcement that the coalition was allowing deliveries to two ports in southern Yemen.
The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 5,00,000 Yemenis have been infected with cholera this year.
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On Monday Saudi agreed to reopen ports in government controlled areas, but demanded extra security measures be put in place around the rebel controlled port of Hodeida.
Initially, the ports Aden, Mocha, and Makulla will be opened as they are in areas under Yemen's internationally recognized government.
However, Mr McGoldrick said there was "no indication" yet of the blockade being lifted.
The US-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been at war in with the Shiite rebels known as Houthis since March 2015.
Aden port, which is controlled by allies of Saudi Arabia, does not have the capacity, according to the United Nations, to handle the necessary volume of humanitarian cargo and would mean hazardous cross-line deliveries.
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