Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien slammed Yemen’s government and a Saudi-led military coalition for “unilaterally denying or excessively delaying entry to vessels carrying essential cargo” to the port. “It is simply wrong to insist these cargoes go to Aden, not Hodeidah,” O’Brien told the UN Security Council, appealing for countries to back a UN mechanism that started inspecting commercial shipments to rebel-held ports in May last year. The United Nations has worked to avert attacks on Hodeidah port, where around 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports arrive. The Saudi-led […]
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