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15 November 2017, 03:31 | Devin Moran
The Latest: Saudi UN ambassador denies Yemen embargo
Jamie McGoldrick, of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said U.N. staff had visited the airport and spoken with authorities there, and that its "runway, taxiway, ramp, terminal and air traffic control tower were not hit and are in good condition".
The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen shut down the country's land, sea and air borders a week ago in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Houthis that was intercepted near Riyadh.
On Tuesday, Yemen's airline said a commercial plane landed at Aden global airport after acquiring permits from the Saudi-led coalition.
The announcement from the Saudi mission at the United Nations came after the coalition fighting Yemen's rebels, known as Houthis, faced widespread worldwide criticism over the closure, with the U.N. and over 20 aid groups saying it could bring millions of already suffering people closer to "starvation and death". "I think it poses a critical threat to the lives of millions who are already struggling to survive". The Houthis are said to be allied with Iran, though how much is in dispute.
McGoldrick was speaking to reporters in Geneva by phone from Amman, because he said flights into Sanaa were blocked.
He said that a United Nations verification and inspection mechanism already in place could work with the Saudi-led coalition on implementing new procedures but that keeping ports closed in the interim was not viable.
Humanitarian agencies had been successful in preventing starvation and tackling a cholera outbreak that has sickened more than 900,000 people in six months and killed over 2,200.
Saudi Arabia and the USA have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missile used in that attack.
"This import blockage will reverse those gains and leave millions of people in a very precarious situation as we move ahead". Hariri said Sunday he will return to Beirut soon.
Yemen's national airline said on Tuesday a commercial flight had landed at Aden global airport after acquiring security permits.
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