Yemen is suffering over failure to open ports, airports

Cooking gas cylinders are lined up outside a gas station amid supply shortage in Sanaa Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen announced a suspension of border crossing via air, marine and land routes following a ballistic missile fired from Yemen targeting Saudi capital Riyadh on November 6.

Iran denies arming the Houthis and blames the two-and-a-half-year conflict in Yemen on Riyadh.

By almost every measure offered by the United Nations, the scale of the tragedy unfolding in Yemen is staggering: More than 20 million people need urgent humanitarian aid.

On Monday, Saudi diplomats announced that the restrictions would be lifted partially, with air and sea ports in areas under government control reopening.

The Saudi-led coalition hopes that will prevent "the smuggling of weapons, ammunitions, missile parts and cash that are regularly being supplied by Iran and Iranian accomplices to the Houthi rebels", the statement said.

It comes as three agencies said thousands of civilians will die, including many children, unless the blockade which has "choked off" aid supplies is fully lifted.

The closure of rebel-held ports was "making an already catastrophic situation far worse", they added.

The former United Nations peace envoy tackled the Tory administration over its continued support for the oil-rich kingdom, which has been accused of presiding over a humanitarian catastrophe in the war-torn country.

Other ports - such as rebel-held Hodeidah, the entry point for 80 percent of delivered aid, according to The Guardian - remain closed, however.

So far, 29 vessels with 300,000 tonnes of food and 192,000 tonnes of fuel had been prevented from reaching Yemen, and a United Nations ship transporting 1,300 tonnes of health, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and nutrition supplies had been unable to dock at Hudaydah, they added.

"The supplies, which include medicines, vaccines and food, are essential to staving off disease and starvation", they continued.

After two years of a devastating war, the Houthis still control much of Yemen's north while the south falls under the embattled President of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognized by the worldwide community and who is supported by the Saudi-led coalition. It says over 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced 3 million.

"To deprive this many from the basic means of survival is an unconscionable act and a violation of humanitarian principles and law", the agency directors warned.

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