Yemen: Hudaida port officials comment on blockade as humanitarian crisis worsens

Hudaida port officials commented on the Saudi-led coalition's blockade of the facility, Tuesday, amid UN warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a result of the restrictions. The Vice President of the Red Sea Ports Directorate, Yahia Sharaf, dismissed reports that some aid had made its way into the port. «What news agencies report is not true, they say that the [perpetrators of... Еще] aggression and the enemy coalition allowed the ships to enter. The dock is empty as you can see, if the [perpetrators of] aggression allowed the ships to enter they would have been here at the pier.» The Head of Marketing at Hudaida port, Omar Aljarmouzi, stated that the facility is considered one of the most important ports in the country, saying it is a strategic entry point into Yemen and that it is «responsible for 20 governorates and more than 20 million Yemeni citizens.» The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly said it would leave Hudaida under blockade until the UN sets up a tighter system to control any flow of armaments through the port. The UN has reportedly dismissed these demands saying the humanitarian situation is too severe to wait any longer. The organisation has called for the port to be re-opened.

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