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Saudi-led coalition opens Yemen’s Aden port

November 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

A coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia has ordered the opening of the southern port of Aden to commercial and aid ships, Yemeni sources said yesterday.

According to the sources, who spoke to the Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, the leadership of the Riyadh-based coalition gave special instructions on Tuesday evening to open the port of Aden.

On Monday, the coalition announced the closure of all air, sea and land ports in Yemen on a temporary basis after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh airport on Saturday.

The United Nations announced on Tuesday the cessation of humanitarian aid in Yemen as a result of the closure imposed on the country’s airports, land and sea ports.

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A spokesman for the United Nations humanitarian office OCHA, Jens Laerke warned that the ports closure had begun to affect the daily lives of Yemenis in some areas.

According to the UN official, prices of fuel and cooking gas in some areas in Yemen have increased by nearly 100 per cent.