The United Nations on Tuesday demanded the Saudi-led coalition lift a blockade that has prevented aid deliveries from reaching Yemen where some seven million people are at risk of famine.
"The blockade of ports, airports, of land routes has had a tremendously negative impact on a situation that is already catastrophic," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
"All parties to the conflict must allow and facilitate safe, rapid, unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need, through all ports and airports," he said.
Relief supplies have been blocked since the coalition sealed off Yemen's borders on Monday in response to a missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels that was intercepted near the Riyadh airport.
Two UN humanitarian flights into Yemen have been on hold since Monday.
The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million Yemenis in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of famine and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.
The Security Council is set to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen on Wednesday following a request from Sweden, which said it was concerned that the situation was worsening.
"We cannot allow the world to lose attention and we must do all we can to help alleviate the suffering," said Swedish Deputy Ambassador Carl Skau.
UN aid chief Mark Lowcock is to brief the council on his recent visit to Yemen.
The United Nations has had contacts with Saudi officials in New York and in Riyadh, UN officials said.
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