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15 November 2017, 11:09 | Opal Carroll
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Saudi Arabia and its allies tightened a longstanding blockade of Yemen's land, sea and air borders a week ago in response to a missile fired by Houthi rebels that was intercepted near Riyadh global airport.
The strike comes just a day after Saudi ambassador to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi agreed to reopen some ports to allow aid in.
He underscored that a United Nations verification and inspection mechanism is already in place and could work with the Saudi-led coalition on implementing strict procedure but Saudia has to open the port.
On Monday Saudi agreed to reopen ports in government controlled areas, but demanded extra security measures be put in place around the rebel controlled port of Hodeida.
He added: "We believe that there should be a more robust verification mechanism in Hodeidah port and we want to work with the United Nations".
It says those ports are in Aden, Mocha and Mukalla.
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After intercepting a Riyadh bound missile last week that was sacked by the Houthi militia, Saudi Arabia tightened their embargo on Yemen, closing all air, land and sea ports with the aim of preventing the smuggling of any weapons into Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has accused arch-foe Iran of supplying the ballistic missile which was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.
The United Nations and global aid organizations have repeatedly criticized the coalition in the past for blocking aid access, especially to the north, which is held by the Iran-aligned Houthis battling the Saudi-led coalition.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing the country's main worldwide airport, destroying a navigation station that is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments. The war has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and left much of the country's infrastructure in ruins.
Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 to push back the rebels who control the capital Sanaa, in an attempt to restore the Hadi government to power. More than two-thirds of the people in need and 80 per cent of all cholera cases in Yemen are closest to the two ports, which are both in rebel-held territory. And amidst all this, an unrelenting blockade on airports, seaports and highways of the country by the Saudi-led coalition is only making the situation far more worse.
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