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Arab Coalition Grants over 1,000 Aid Permits into Yemen

Arab Coalition Grants over 1,000 Aid Permits into Yemen

Wednesday, 10 January, 2018 - 19:30
Hodeidah city port on Yemen's Red Sea coast. (Reuters)

The Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen announced on Wednesday that portals into the country are open to receiving aid to the people.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said during a press conference that the alliance has granted 1,800 permits for the entry of aid through marine portals.

In addition, he said that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias has so far fired 87 ballistic missiles towards Saudi Arabia. The latest such attack took place on Friday.

Ballistic attacks are usually intercepted before they can cause any human losses or material damage.

The coalition had also thwarted an attack on an oil tanker over the weekend by Houthis near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah in Yemen.

The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed toward the tanker on Saturday, Maliki said.

“There is no doubt that Hodeidah Port has now become a starting point for terrorist operations to threaten the maritime navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab strait,” he added.

The Houthis threatened to block the Red Sea shipping lane on Tuesday if the coalition keeps pushing toward the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah, SABA news agency reported.

Maliki said the United Nations should take the initiative and take control of the port from the militia.

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