Saudi-led coalition allows first aid ship into Yemen’s Hodeidah port

This file photo taken on November 07, 2017 shows a ship moored at Yemen's rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida. (AFP)
Updated 26 November 2017
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Saudi-led coalition allows first aid ship into Yemen’s Hodeidah port

DUBAI: A ship carrying 5,500 tons of flour docked in Yemen’s Hodeidah port in the Red Sea on Sunday, the first after more than two weeks of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement, local officials said.
Saudi Arabia and its allies closed air, land and sea access to the Arabian Peninsula country on Nov. 6, to stop what it calls a flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran. The action came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired toward its capital Riyadh.
Iran has denied supplying the Houthis with weapons.
The delivery is the first aid to arrive through Hodeidah port, controlled by the Houthis, after the coalition allowed a flight carrying humanitarian aid workers to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday.
“The ship is 106 meters long and carries 5,500 tons of flour,” one of the Yemeni officials said.
Aid agencies said the blockade had worsened the humanitarian crisis in Yemen where the war has left an estimated 7 million people facing famine and killed more than 10,000 people.
The coalition gave clearance for UN flights in and out of Sanaa from Amman on Saturday, involving the regular rotation of aid workers.
After re-opening Sanaa airport, UNICEF has also sent vaccines there.
The charity Save the Children said an estimated 20,000 Yemeni children under the age of five were joining the ranks of the severely malnourished every month, “an average of 27 children every hour.” (Writing by Aziz El Yaakoubi)


Yemeni army advance west of Taiz in operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes

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Yemeni army advance west of Taiz in operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes

Yemen’s national army on Sunday advanced west of Taiz on the second day of a military operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes.

A Yemeni military source that said heavy clashes with the militia killed several of their commanders during the operation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The source added that the militia fired five rocket-propelled grenades from its positions in Mount Al-Barqa on civilian homes however no casualties were reported.

The Yemeni army forces also thwarted an attempt by the Houthi militia to recover their positions in western Taiz.

A field source reported that groups of the militia tried to sneak into the old airport and Wata Al-Khazan, west of the city.

Clashes broke out between the two sides following the attempt, which leading to several losses on the Houthi side, causing the militia to flee.