Yemen rebels say raid destroyed Sanaa airport navigation aids

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Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that the Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen would begin gradually reopening airports and seaports in Yemen, days after closing them over a Houthi ballistic attack on Riyadh.

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.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

However, the port of Hodeidah on the western coast, where almost 80 percent of Yemen's food imports have gone through, is still closed.

The north of the country, home to 78 percent of the population, had 20 days' stocks of diesel, crucial for pumping water and fighting cholera, and 10 days' stocks of gasoline, with no prospect of resupply soon, he said.

Noting that there were three weeks of vaccines left in the country, McGoldrick said "humanitarian supplies are dangerously low". The coalition argues that the closure was needed to stop arms reaching to the Houthi rebels.

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There was worldwide outcry last week when Saudi Arabia blockaded the country's ports after a missile was sacked towards its territory by the Houthi rebels.

On Monday, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa to protest the closure of the country's ports by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi-led coalition has said it will keep Hodeidah port closed until a United Nations verification programme is reviewed to ensure no weapons reach the Houthis.

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

Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the two-and-a-half-year conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

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