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Yemen: Arab Coalition to Reopen Airports, Seaports Under Control of Legitimate Govt

Yemen: Arab Coalition to Reopen Airports, Seaports Under Control of Legitimate Govt

Monday, 13 November, 2017 - 13:15
A pro-government fighter at Yemen's Red Sea port of Mocha. Saleh Al Obeidi / AFP / February 9, 2017

The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen said on Monday that it will begin to reopen airports and seaports under the control of the legitimate government.

“Steps are being taken by the Coalition in full consultation and agreement with the Government of Yemen, to start the process of reopening airports and seaports in Yemen to allow for the safe transfer of humanitarian and commercial cargo,” it said in a statement.

"The first step in this process will be taken within the next 24 hours and involves reopening all the ports in areas controlled by the Government of Yemen, including Aden, Mukalla, and Mocha,” the statement said.

Last week, the coalition closed the country's air, sea and land borders, blaming Iran for the Houthi-fired ballistic missile on Riyadh and warning it could be "considered as an act of war."

It said the closures would be temporary and take into account the work of humanitarian and aid organizations.

Saudi Arabia has said it shot down the missile that was intended to target Riyadh, with fragments landing in an uninhabited area north of the capital near the international airport.

Regarding other ports that fall under the control of Houthis, including Hodeidah, the coalition asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday to send a delegation to Riyadh to "review current inspection measures to reinforce and introduce a more effective inspection and verification regime (UNVIM) aimed at facilitating the flow of humanitarian and commercial supplies and prevent smuggling of weapons, ammunition and missile parts, and cash that are regularly being supplied by Iran and Iranian accomplices."

Such smuggling is “in direct violation of Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231,” the statement said.

It added that “the Coalition will not cease its efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.”

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