Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo

UN says Saudi's closure of Yemen's seaports undoes progress in fight against famine and cholera

Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo

He said many weapons have been smuggled to the Houthis through Hodeida and the small ports they control. "There are many sources of supply to Yemen, even during the past week or so".

Al-Mouallimi also accused the Houthis of diverting humanitarian aid "to fulfill their own requirements" and "to trade in the black market and achieve exorbitant profits at the expense of the Yemeni people". 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 USA support of the Saudi-led coaltion attacking Yemen.

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. But, said McGoldrick, the blockade puts that progress in jeopardy.

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It's been about a week since Saudi Arabia locked down Yemen's land borders, air space, and seaports, because, it said, it wants to stop the flow of Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels that the USA -backed, Saudi-led coalition has been bombing for two years. The Saudi closure had drawn worldwide condemnation and fears of a worsening humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

The U.N. aid coordinator called on the Saudi-led coalition to open all Yemen's seaports urgently on Tuesday, saying millions of lives were at risk.

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

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The top United Nations aid official in Yemen called on the Saudi-led coalition today to open all Yemen's sea ports urgently, saying it risked damaging the fight against cholera and hunger, with seven million already in "famine-like conditions".

A man walks through rubble in the Yemeni city of Sa'ada following airstrikes in 2015.

On November 4 Saudi Arabia said it intercepted north or Riyadh is said was sacked from Yemen - blaming Iran for the incident, Saudi authorities accused Iran of "declaring war" on their country. Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the two-and-a-half-year conflict in Yemen on Riyadh. The resolution does not address whether US support for the Saudi-led coalition in the conflict triggers the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which lawmakers are split over.

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