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The United States welcomes an announcement from Saudi Arabia and the Saudi-led coalition regarding reopening of the Hudaydah port and Sanaa International Airport to allow the urgent flow of humanitarian aid to thousands of starving people of Yemen.

"First plane landed in Sana'a this morning with humanitarian aid workers", WFP's regional spokeswoman Abeer Etefa told Reuters in an email.

But it added that desperately needed shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remained blocked.

McGoldrick said that a flight carrying vaccines, sufficient to begin vaccinations of about one million children, is expected to land in Sanaa over the weekend.

The coalition imposed a total blockade of Yemen's ports and airports two days after the Houthis fired a missile at Saudi Arabia on November 4.

"To feed the 7 million people suffering severe starvation, we need this kind of access on a regular basis, as we had before November 5", Etefa said.

Officials at the port said on Saturday that no ships have arrived yet and they were not expecting any to dock soon.

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Millions in Yemen are at immediate risk if food aid and the supply of fuel for pumping clean water are interrupted, it says.

"We're monitoring these developments", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said in NY on news that Saudi will ease the blockade.

The missile was intercepted near Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport, sparking a war of words between Tehran and Riyadh, which accused Iran of "direct aggression" and supplying arms to the Houthis.

The remarks came as Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by a coalition led by the Saudi regime for almost three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

Sources in Washington said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had asked Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen before the kingdom made a decision to do so.

The Hudaydah region is controlled by the Houthi armed group, which the Saudi-led coalition was invited to neutralise by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in March 2015.

The UN says a continuation of the two-week blockade would make Yemen's war-battered population more vulnerable to cholera and starvation.


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