On November 22, the Saud-led coalition in Yemen announced in an official statement that Hodeidah port and Sanaa airport will be reopened for humanitarian aid on November 23. The coalition closed these logistical sites on November 6. The decision faced with a lot of criticism from many humanitarian and international organizations including the UN.
UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York that the UN is monitoring the situation in Yemen now. Haq also stressed that the UN will welcome the Saudi decision to reopen the Hodeidah port and the Sanaa airport and consider it a positive development.
“If that were to happen that would be a very welcome and critically important development … We made clear the tremendous amount of needs on the ground,” Haq said, according to Reuters agency.
The Saudi-led coalition said on November 6 that it was closing the ports due to security risks and accused Iran and Hezbollah of smuggling ballistic missiles to the Houthis in Yemen through these ports.
On November 8, the Saudi-led coalition allowed the Aden port in southern Yemen which is under its control, to resume its work. However, this step didn’t ease the results of the Saudi siege on Yemen because the siege on the Houthis-held areas continued.
The Saudi-led coalition decision to reopen the Hodeidah port and the Sanaa airport will decrease a bit the tensions in Yemen if Saudi Arabia fulfill its promises.