UN expresses concern over aid to Yemen


SANAA, Yemen (AP) - The U.N. is expressing concern at the Saudi-led coalition's closing of all airports, seaports and land crossings in Yemen, warning that this may hamper the delivery of vitally needed humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the U.N. expected to have two flights to Yemen on Monday, but no flight clearances were granted.

"We are in touch with our counterparts and we're trying to see whether we can get our normal access restored, and we're hopeful that we will be able to continue our normal operations," he said.

Since the coalition has said the closings are temporary, Haq said that the U.N. expects "our flights as well as those of others to resume" and hopes "it will not take too long."

The U.N. called "for restraint on all sides" and urged all parties to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure as required by international humanitarian law.

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