Arab coalition: 8 permits granted to ships headed to Yemeni ports

In this file photo taken on January 27, 2018, workers unload food assistance provided by UNICEF from a cargo ship in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. (AFP)
Updated 03 July 2018

Arab coalition: 8 permits granted to ships headed to Yemeni ports

The Saudi-led coalition said on Tuesday that eight ships headed to Yemeni ports, including Hodeidah, have been granted permission.

Last week four ships headed to Yemen’s Hodeidah were granted access to the port.

Yemen's warring parties have confirmed their willingness to restart negotiations after a two-year hiatus, the UN special envoy for Yemen said even as fighting raged along the country's west coast over a key port city.

Martin Griffiths told the UN radio late on Thursday that he plans to bring the Houthis, and the country's internationally recognized government to the negotiating table within the next few weeks "at the very latest."

He said he hopes the UN Security Council will come up with a plan next week and present it to the Yemenis.


Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

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Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

  • Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses
  • “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE,” a message attached to the roses read

DUBAI: Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses on Sunday in a heartfelt gesture of support following last week’s deadly blast. 
The 163 passengers boarding an Emirates airline flight who arrived at Dubai International Airport were gifted the roses from Dubai Customs workers. The flowers came with a message that quoted the founder of the UAE, the late President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan.
The message reads: “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE.”
Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths said the act reflects the “spirit of kindness at the heart of the aviation community.”  
“I’m sure it has provided some measure of comfort for the Lebanese passengers during these very difficult times,” he said.
Like many other countries, the UAE has sent large shipments of aid to Lebanon since the explosion. 
The massive blasts at the Beirut port killed 158 people and injured 6,000.