Coalition announces extension of opening of Hudaydah port to permit entry of commercial ships despite Iranian-Houthi provocations

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The Coalition announces an extension of the opening of Hudaydah port to humanitarian and relief supplies, allowing entry of commercial ships including fuel and food for a period of 30 days.

Riyadh, December 20, 2017 -- As a result of the intensification of security inspection procedures, the Coalition command supporting the legitimate government in Yemen announces the extension of the opening of Hudaydah port to humanitarian and relief supplies.

The Coalition will allow the entry of commercial ships, including fuel and food vessels, for a period of 30 days to implement the proposals of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen concerning the port of Hudaydah.

“Despite continuous Iranian-Houthi provocations as witnessed on Tuesday by the international community, the Coalition stays committed to assist the Yemeni people who are in dire need. The Iranian-Houthis are putting all their effort into prolonging the conflict in Yemen and are only bringing ruin on the people of Yemen,” a government spokesperson said.

The Coalition demanded a review and enhancement of the U. N.’s inspection and verification mechanism in order to implement best practice to protect the people of Yemen, and facilitate the entry of aid and humanitarian shipments, while preventing Iranian Houthis from smuggling missiles to target civilian objects and threaten international stability.

“Tuesday’s missile launch at civilian targets in Riyadh by the Iranian-Houthis proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthis with advanced weaponry and their use successful smuggle Iranian missiles to their Houthi proxy by all ways and means, in clear violation of United Nations resolutions 2216 and 2231,” added government spokesperson.


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