From ABC News:
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Nations has denied the recent closure of all access points into Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s U.N. ambassador is denying that there has been an embargo on Yemen, saying “a temporary procedure” was taken for a few days to ensure the safety and security of Yemenis and Saudis and supplies were available.
Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi reiterated at a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday that closed seaports and airports will start reopening within the 24 hours promised late Sunday.
“There is no embargo,” he said. “There are many sources of supply to Yemen, even during the past week or so.”
Al-Mouallimi said the Saudi-led coalition wants tougher inspections at the port of Hodeida, which is controlled by Houthi Shiite rebels, because current U.N.-monitored inspections only check large ships, and “in the case of small and medium-size ships there is hardly any inspection that takes place in the port or anywhere else.”
From Outbreak News Today:
According to UNICEF, the current stocks of fuel will only last until the end of November.
If fuel stocks are not replenished:
• UNICEF’s ongoing WASH response to respond to the cholera outbreak is likely to be affected. This could impact nearly 6 million people living in cholera high-risk districts.
• The operating water supply systems and waste water treatment plants will stop functioning, causing unimaginable risks.
• The functionality and mobility of the Rapid Response Teams, serving nearly half a million every week, will be hindered.
• Due to shortage of fuel supply, 22 Governorates/District cold rooms/district vaccine stores are at a major risk of being shut down. Vaccines for thousands of children could be damaged.
If vaccines are blocked from reaching Yemen, at least 1 million children under the age of one will be at risk of diseases including polio and measles:
o The current stock of vaccines in the country will last 1 month
o Shortage of medical supplies will only worsen the Diphtheria outbreak recently reported in five districts of Ibb. About 87 suspected cases were reported with nine associated deaths.
With more than 60 per cent of population food insecure, the closure of the Yemen’s airspace, sea and land ports will lead to more deterioration in food security level which will worsen malnutrition rates.