Saudi-Led Coalition to Close Yemen Ground, Air, Sea Ports
REUTERS/ Abduljabbar Zeyad/File PhotoMiddle East04:23 06.11.2017(updated 04:59 06.11.2017) Get short URL
The Saudi-led coalition has claimed that the shutdown will act as a preventative measure against weapons smuggling.
The command entity for the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government in the country’s civil war has announced that it will temporarily close all Yemen ground, air and sea ports in attempts to limit flaws in existing inspection procedures that have resulted in a supply of ballistic missiles and other military equipment to the armed Houthi political opposition faction, according to local media.
The command said the Houthis were responsible for Sunday’s missile launch, which it had called the flagrant military aggression the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.
The announcement comes a day after Saudi air defense forces reported that they had intercepted a ballistic missile that was fired from Yemen over northern Riyadh. This was not the only case of such an attack, as on October 30 a Yemeni missile was fired at a Saudi army base in the Aseer province bordering Yemen.
Sunni-led Saudi Arabia accuses Shiite Iran, its key rival in the region, of arming and training the rebels in Yemen. Iran, in turn, refutes the claims, although it makes no secret of the country’s political support for the Houthis.