(NRC) – On 19 January, the 30-day period set by the Saudi-led coalition in which blockade measures were eased, will expire. This is generating widespread uncertainty about what happens next, leaving millions of Yemeni people hanging in the balance. “What looked on paper to be a good policy for easing the blockade has done very little to lower prices of essential daily items like fuel and food,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Country Director in Yemen, Mutasim Hamdan. “The instability caused by the coalition’s arbitrary policies, closing ports one day and reopening them on another, is making problems worse for the Yemeni population. Shipping companies, importers and vendors are left without assurance that the port will remain open, and this is serving to sustain inflation that makes food unaffordable for most Yemeni people.”