"The magnitude of suffering in Yemen requires all parties to this conflict to focus on assistance to those in need". The two ports have served as the only lifeline for northern Yemen, where most of the country's 27 million people live. The announcement came after the coalition tightened a blockade November 6, in response to a missile fired toward the Saudi capital by Shiite rebels in Yemen.
The United Nations Security Council on November 9 called for the blockade to be lifted, warning that otherwise Yemen would face "the largest starvation the world has seen for decades".
"We are monitoring these developments and we are trying to see whether that actually takes place on the ground", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY.
Haq said the U.N.is "monitoring these developments and we're trying to see whether that actually takes place on the ground".
He also says: "We're ready to help if the ports are opened".
The Saudi-led coalition closed air, land and sea access to the Arabian Peninsula country for all humanitarian workers and organisations on November 6, saying the blockade would halt arms from reaching Houthi rebels.
"Humanitarian relief only provides a small portion of the essential goods needed in Yemen - commercial supplies are critical to feed the population and keep basic services running", it said.
Jamie McGoldrick spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. "If that were to happen that would be a very welcome and critically important development".
The United Nations said on Friday that Saudi Arabia has permitted passenger flights to fly from Amman, the Jordanian capital, to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa - which is controlled by Houthi rebels - but has not authorized humanitarian supplies to enter the crucial Red Sea ports of Hodeida and Saleef.
Earlier, the coalition said in a statement that Iran was to blame for a recent Yemeni missile strike on Riyadh, which Iran dismissed categorically. The missile was struck down but it was the farthest a projectile by the rebels, also known as Houthis, had penetrated into the kingdom.
The UN warned that millions of people in Yemen were at immediate risk by the blockade on food aid and fuel.
Saudi Arabia said the move was meant to stop the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran, although Iran has denied supplying weapons to the rebel forces.
The coalition announced that it's lifting the blockade after initially tightening it following a Houthi missile attack.