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Saudi Arabia Says it Will Reopen Yemen's Ports After an International Outcry

Saudi Arabia Says it Will Reopen Yemen's Ports After an International Outcry
From TIME - November 13, 2017

(CAIRO)Saudi Arabia said Monday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab worlds poorest country, days after closing them over a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

The announcement from the Saudi mission at the United Nations came after the coalition fighting Yemens rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies faced widespread international criticism over the closure, with the U.N. and over 20 aid groups saying it could bring millions of people closer to starvation and death.

The first step in this process will be taken within 24 hours and involves reopening all the ports in areas controlled by Yemens internationally recognized government, which the coalition backs, the missions statement said.

Those ports are in Aden, Mocha and Mukalla. For ports in rebel-held or disputed territories, like Hodeida, the mission said it had asked the U.N. to send a team of experts to discuss ways to make sure weapons cant be smuggled in.

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