Despite the Saudi announcement, a top leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels on Monday vowed retaliation against the oil-rich kingdom over its blockade of his war-torn country. The location of these ports would require the crossing of conflict frontlines to reach the northern areas most heavily affected by food insecurity and cholera. This has left the country with critically low stocks of necessary goods, reducing capacity to cope under the current conditions.
The Saudi-led coalition was not immediately available for comment.
United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen will face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims".
A week after hearing dire warnings of mass starvation in Yemen, the UN Security Council appeared powerless on Wednesday to push the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of humanitarian aid.
The blockade "is complicating what is already a catastrophic situation", McGoldrick said.
The Saudi-led military coalition shut down Yemen's sea and air ports as well as borders on November 6 in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels near Riyadh.
"All members in the council were taken aback by the report by Mr Lowcock", Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog told reporters on Wednesday.
The dire forecast came as Yemen battles one of the world's worst outbreaks of cholera, with almost one million people infected. The humanitarian situation in the war-ravaged Yemen is now one of the deadliest in the world as starvation and lack of medical supplies leave millions at risk - the Saudi blockade of Yemen has added to the country's woes.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has repeatedly called on the Saudi regime to allow aid into Yemen, but they are often met with silence or excuses.
Houthi officials said two airstrikes targeted Sanaa's global airport in the rebel-held capital early on Tuesday, making it unusable for aid flights and further complicating humanitarian efforts into the country, Al Jazeera reported.
After intercepting a Riyadh bound missile last week that was sacked by the Houthi militia, Saudi Arabia tightened their embargo on Yemen, closing all air, land and sea ports with the aim of preventing the smuggling of any weapons into Yemen.
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