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United Nations dismisses Saudi conditions to reopen Yemen port

United Nations dismisses Saudi conditions to reopen Yemen port

The United Nations last month blacklisted the Saudi-led coalition for the killing and maiming of children in Yemen.

"There is no embargo", Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said.

The Saudi-led coalition sealed off Yemen after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen toward the Saudi capital city of Riyadh on November 4.

The United Nations on Tuesday dismissed a Saudi demand that tighter inspections be put in place at Yemen´s rebel-held Hodeida port before a devastating blockade is lifted.

Saudi Arabia announced it shut down all ports after a November 4 ballistic missile attack on Riyadh near its global airport by the Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

He also said that the more the blockade tightens, the more the Houthis will develop their abilities to "respond to the assault of the enemy".

Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

Jamie McGoldrick of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who is based in Amman, said UN staff had visited the airport and spoken with authorities there. On Monday, the coalition said it would reopen ports in areas held by allied forces and loosen restrictions it had raised after the firing of the missile, which was intercepted near Riyadh's global airport.

The UN has warned that an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen was worsening each day that aid shipments remained blocked.

"This halted the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the United Nations and other worldwide organisations delivering humanitarian assistance", the rebel-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said. "This will have no impact on our operations once they resume", Mr McGoldrick said. The coalition closed all Yemen air, land and seaports last week in response to a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

After a November 4 ballistic missile attack near the Riyadh global airport by Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia had announced it shut down all ports in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi told reporters in NY on Monday that ports in government-controlled areas such as Aden, Mukalla and Mocha will be reopened, but demanded more rigorous checks at the Red Sea port of Hodeida.

A man walks through rubble in the Yemeni city of Sa'ada following airstrikes in 2015.

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