Saudi-led airstrikes destroy air navigation system of Yemen's capital airport: spokesman

Saad al-Hariri

Saad al-Hariri

Young and old, desk clerks and activists, Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive.

Greeting the Patriarch upon arrival had been Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, Lebanon's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Sattar Issa, and Saudi and Lebanese dignitaries.

The Saudi-led coalition has said it will keep Hodeidah port closed until a United Nations verification programme is reviewed to ensure no weapons reach the Houthis.

While the language of the resolution calls to "increase efforts to adopt all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent civilian casualties and increase humanitarian access", it does not call for an end to USA support of the Saudi-led coaltion attacking Yemen.

Al-Mouallimi also accused the Houthis of diverting humanitarian aid "to fulfill their own requirements" and "to trade in the black market and achieve exorbitant profits at the expense of the Yemeni people". The humanitarian situation in the war-ravaged Yemen is now one of the deadliest in the world as starvation and lack of medical supplies leave millions at risk - the Saudi blockade of Yemen has added to the country's woes. The Saudi closure had drawn worldwide condemnation and fears of a worsening humanitarian disaster in Yemen. "The right choice for the Saudi regime and its allies is to stop the war, end the blockade and engage in direct dialogue", Samad said at the rally.

"The continued closure by the Saudi-led coalition of critical seaports and airports is aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation".

A man walks through rubble in the Yemeni city of Sa'ada following airstrikes in 2015.

The Houthis control most of the north, including Sanaa and its global airport, while the Saudi-led coalition dominates the airspace.

Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the two-and-a-half-year conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

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