UN Still Can Send Humanitarian Flights to Sanaa Airport After Recent Strike

Yemen is facing severe shortage of food and medicine TheGuardian Iona Craig

Yemen is facing severe shortage of food and medicine TheGuardian Iona Craig

Rebel authorities in Yemen said on Tuesday that a Saudi-led air strike had destroyed a navigation station at Sanaa worldwide airport, which is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.

Hedile noted the first flight carrying 218 passengers took off today.

The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen last week following the interception of a missile fired toward the Saudi capital, saying it had to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

After two years of a devastating war, the Houthis still control much of Yemen's north while the south falls under the embattled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognised by the worldwide community and who is supported by the Saudi-led coalition.

Those ports are in Yemeni cities of Aden, Mocha and Mukalla.

The Houthis control most of the north, including Sanaa and its global airport, while the Saudi-led coalition dominates the airspace.

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said it will continue to block the main aid route into the country until it is satisfied its Houthi opponents can not use it to bring in weapons.

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

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

The Saudi-led coalition forced the closure of Sanaa airport in August 2016 to all but a few United Nations aid flights.

He also said that the more the blockade tightens, the more the Houthis will develop their abilities to "respond to the assault of the enemy".

The kingdom intercepted the missile and no one was injured, but within hours it imposed a fresh blockade, claiming it aimed at preventing weapons being smuggled into Yemen by its regional rival, Iran.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which pits the internationally recognized government, backed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, against the Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Meanwhile, Aden's 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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