REBELS VOW ES­CA­LA­TION AS SAUDIS RE­LAX BLOCK­ADE

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Saudi Ara­bia an­nounced Mon­day that the Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing Shi­ite rebels in Ye­men will be­gin re­open­ing air­ports and sea­ports in the Arab world’s poor­est coun­try, days af­ter clos­ing them over a rebel bal­lis­tic mis­sile at­tack on Riyadh. The an­nounce­ment from the Saudi mis­sion at the United Na­tions came af­ter the coali­tion fight­ing Ye­men’s rebels, known as Houthis, faced wide­spread international crit­i­cism over the clo­sure, with the UN and over 20 aid groups say­ing it could bring mil­lions of peo­ple closer to “star­va­tion and death.” The mis­sion said that first to be opened within 24 hours are the ports in ar­eas con­trolled by Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment. These are lo­cated in Aden, Mocha and Mukalla.

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