Saudi-led coalition bombs airport runway in Yemen's capital

A Yemeni man receives treatment at a hospital after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Taez Yemen on Tuesday

According to Politico, the resolution "publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels".

The alliance stopped all air, land, and sea access to Yemen more than a week ago after a rebel missile attack near the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The civil aviation department of Yemen said on Tuesday that the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting rebels in Yemen inflicted an airstrike on the Sanaa worldwide airport, which resulted in the destruction of its navigation system.

The U.N. children's agency UNICEF had only three weeks of vaccine supplies left in Yemen, and both UNICEF and the World Health Organization had shipments of essential medicines and vaccines blocked in Djibouti, McGoldrick said.

The coalition intervened in Yemen two and a half years ago to try to oust the Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa, and restore President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government to power.

Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its disastrous blockade of his war-torn country.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March 2015 and three million have been displaced.

A Houthi fighter inspects the site of an airstrike in the Yemeni capital Sanaa earlier this month
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"Even with a partial lifting of the blockade, the World Food Program estimates that an additional 3.2 million people will be pushed into hunger".

In this April, 13, 2017 photo, Yemeni children wait to receive food rations provided by a local charity, in Sanaa, Yemen. Humanitarian flights could still come in and out using a visual approach.

Later Thursday, the United Nations spokesman said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has written to Saudi Arabia's United Nations ambassador, saying the kingdom's failure to reopen key airports and sea ports in Yemen is already reversing humanitarian efforts to tackle the crisis in the impoverished country.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that without Sanaa airport and Hodeida and Salif seaports fully functioning and able to receive cargo, "the dire humanitarian situation will deteriorate further".

The government-controlled port of Aden has re-opened and Sanaa airport is operating for commercial flights, however this is inadequate as "needs are so huge", he said.

The closure of rebel-held ports was "making an already catastrophic situation far worse", they added.



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