Saudi-led coalition air raid puts Yemen's Sana'a airport out of service

Geneva Matthews
November 15, 2017

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. Women wait to fill up cooking gas cylinders outside a gas station amid supply shortage in Sanaa, Yemen November 7, 2017.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted for a resolution declaring that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under previous legislation which has given the president power to combat terror overseas and invade Iraq in 2003.

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".

The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said that his country is preparing to reopen all air and sea ports in areas controlled by the Yemeni government "within the next 24 hours".

After the blockade by the Saudi-led coalition, the United Nations has warned that already catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen was worsening each day as the country 90% depends on exports for daily necessities.

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

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

"The first step in this process will be taken within 24 hours and involves reopening all the ports in areas controlled by" Yemen's internationally recognized government, which the coalition backs, read the mission's statement. The move came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired towards Riyadh, which it blamed on Tehran. More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in a cholera outbreak now affecting almost one million people, AFP reported. Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the two-and-a-half-year conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missile used in that attack.

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