Aden airport receives first commercial flight after Yemen blockade

The UN verified that contrary to Houthi claims the runway and navigation tower were not damaged by a coalition airstrike. Moham

Yemen used to import about 70 percent of its daily needs before the blockade, but since the start of the siege, food and medicine are in short supply, with cooking gas prices having surged by around 100 percent and fuel unavailable at most gas stations.

The announcement from the Saudi mission at the United Nations came after the coalition fighting Yemen's rebels, known as Houthis, faced widespread worldwide criticism over the closure, with the U.N. and over 20 aid groups saying it could bring millions of already suffering people closer to "starvation and death".

But the United Nations dismissed a Saudi demand that tighter inspections be put in place at Yemen's rebel-held Hodeida port before a devastating blockade is lifted.

George Khoury, the United Nations country director for Yemen, told Al Jazeera he was "concered" Tuesday's air strikes could affect operations in the country.

The Saudi-led coalition forced the closure of Sanaa airport in August 2016 to all but a few United Nations aid flights.

Muhrez said more importantly, humanitarian aid can not replace commercial shipments.

"The coalition, in consultation and full agreement with the legitimate government, will begin steps related to re-opening of airports and ports in Yemen to allow the transport of humanitarian and commercial cargo", the statement said.

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The blockade "is complicating what is already a catastrophic situation", McGoldrick said.

The coalition said on Monday it would re-open ports in areas held by allied forces.

Saudi Arabia has accused arch-foe Iran of supplying the ballistic missile which was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.

The Saudi-led coalition has been targeting the Houthis since they seized parts of Yemen in 2015, including the capital Sanaa, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and seek help from neighboring Saudi Arabia. The three-year-long conflict has resulted in an estimated 10,000 people being killed.

The House of Representatives on Monday held its first ever debate over US military engagement in the civil war raging in Yemen and passed a non-binding resolution calling on parties to wage the conflict humanely and work toward bringing it to an end.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi told reporters in NY on Monday that ports in government-controlled areas such as Aden, Mukalla and Mocha will be reopened.

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