Congress Declares US Military Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen War Unauthorized

Saudi Arabia to reopen Yemen's air and seaports within next 24 hours

It's been about a week since Saudi Arabia locked down Yemen's land borders, air space, and seaports, because, it said, it wants to stop the flow of Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels that the US -backed, Saudi-led coalition has been bombing for two years.

An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put Yemeni airport in the Houthi-controlled capital Sana'a out of service today, jeopardising relief shipments to a country on the brink of starvation, the state news agency SABA reported.

Two key ports for humanitarian shipments to Yemen have remained closed since November 6, bringing starvation closer to Yemenis, said the United Nations on Tuesday. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahMcGoldrick said the Saudi plan to supply Yemen through the Saudi port of Jizan in the north and Aden in the south was too complicated, dangerous, slow and expensive, adding an estimated $30 per tonne to every shipment. "The runway, taxiway, ramp, terminal and air traffic control tower were not hit and are in good condition".

The U.S.is supporting a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the conflict, with intelligence, aerial refueling and the sale of weapons. "The humanitarian impact of what is happening right now is unimaginable", he said.

The top United Nations aid official in Yemen called on the Saudi-led coalition today to open all Yemen's sea ports urgently, saying it risked damaging the fight against cholera and hunger, with seven million already in "famine-like conditions". The resolution does not address whether US support for the Saudi-led coalition in the conflict triggers the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which lawmakers are split over.




While coalition announcements about the availability of two ports in southern Yemen are "helpful", the key need is access to the rebel-held Red Sea ports of Salif and Hodeida, which are now inaccessible to United Nations aid shipments.

Seven million people are already on the brink of starvation, and the blockade will only bring them closer to it, OCHA warned.

McGoldrick says access to such ports is "helpful" but that the key need is access to the rebel-held Red Sea ports of Salif and Hodeida, closer to large population centers.

Over two years ago, Houthi fighters dislodged the Saudi-allied president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi, who later fled to Saudi Arabia. And landing aid there would also involve having to cross front lines to deliver it.

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