Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Administration, Abdul Raqeeb Fateh said that the Yemeni government welcomed the statement issued by Saudi Arabia's United Nations ambassador to reopen the seaports and airports of Yemen's liberated area in the next 24 hours.

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


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 US -backed, Saudi-led coalition has been bombing for two years.

Jamie McGoldrick of the UN 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, AP reported. 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 US support of the Saudi-led coaltion attacking Yemen. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahMcGoldrick said the Saudi plan to supply Yemen through the Saudi port of Jizan in the north and Aden in the south was too complicated, dangerous, slow and expensive, adding an estimated $30 per tonne to every shipment.


"The humanitarian impact of what is happening here right now is unimaginable", Mr. McGoldrick told reporters.

McGoldrick underscored that United Nations aid was the main lifeline for most of Yemen's population, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahHumanitarian agencies had been successful in preventing starvation and tackling a cholera outbreak that has sickened more than 900,000 people in six months and killed over 2,200. "The humanitarians are just holding things together, waiting for a peace process which is very much in the distance". There's enough wheat and rice to feed the population of 28 million for four months.


The blockade "is complicating what is already a catastrophic situation", McGoldrick said. "The continued closure by the Saudi-led coalition of critical seaports and airports is aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation".

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