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YEMEN: Saudi Arabia lifts threat of total blockade

Fecha de la noticias: 14/11/2017 • Publicada: 14/11/2017 

Background

The Saudi -led coalition intervening in Yemen’s civil war has lifted what it said would be a total blockade of Yemen’s ports.

Saudi Arabia’s United Nations mission on Monday (November 13) said the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Mokha would be allowed to reopen for humanitarian aid and commercial cargo.

All three ports are in territory controlled by the Saudi-backed Yemen government.

For ports in areas controlled by Iran-allied Houthi rebels, and that includes the port of Hodeidah, Saudi Arabia called for a new mechanism to prevent the smuggling of weapons and cash.

Saudi Arabia announced on November 6 that it was closing all Yemen’s ports.

It said the move was in response to a missile attack by Houthi forces against the international airport in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supplying the rebels with missiles, a charge Iran denies.

Assessment and Analysis

Saudi Arabia was under pressure to lift the blockade from the moment it was announced.

The United Nations and the Red Cross warned of a ‘catastrophic’ situation for the millions of people in Yemen who relied on aid shipments.

The blockade also triggered fresh warnings from the leader of the Houthi rebels. “We will take measures we have not taken before and we can target oil ships. We can do anything,” he was quoted as saying.

The situation in the region is fluid and the threat to shipping can change rapidly.

Ship operators should carry out detailed risk assessments for each voyage into the area.

Ships sailing through the parts of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden that are designated a High Risk Area (HRA) should register with the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSC-HOA).

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