Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Yemen under siege: Closing only port is a death sentence – transport minister

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The closure of Yemen’s al-Hudayda port – the country’s only open port- “would mean the death of the Yemeni people,” according to the Minister of Transportation Zakaria al-Shami speaking in Sanaa on Monday.
Al-Shami stressed that Yemen’s other border crossing points via land and air “are completely demolished.”

The minister stressed, “Al-Hudayda port is the lung with which the Yemeni people are breathing; it is the source for food, clothes, medicine for more than 21 million people.”

Yemen has been suffering from crippling blockades for more than a year. The Sana’a International Airport has been closed for commercial flights since August 9, 2016, after the Saudi-led coalition imposed an air embargo on the airport.
The Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi militants announced the closure of all land, air and sea ports after a ballistic missile was intercepted from Yemen being fired at an international airport near the Saudi capital.
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