Saudi coalition bombs Houthi defence ministry in Yemen

Saudi-led warplanes strike defense ministry in Yemeni capital

The coalition closed all ports and halted humanitarian shipments after Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile over the weekend that was intercepted near Riyadh.

The United Nations, along with dozens of other aid groups, are raising alarm at the blockade imposed on Yemen by the the USA -backed, Saudi-led coalition there, saying Thursday it could lead to "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades".

Al-Hamini further pointed to the brutal attacks by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's defenseless people and said that Yemenis believe that "firing missile at the aggressors is their right".

Yemen lies beside the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers, which pass near Yemen's shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.

The war in Yemen, the region's poorest country, started in 2014 after Houthi rebels seized control of Sanaa and began pushing south towards the country's third-biggest city Aden.




Commercial flights in and out of Yemen will resume on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government lifted a week-long ban. Today this was reported by Al Arabiya channel. The coalition reopened the al Wadea border crossing linking Saudi Arabia with territory in eastern Yemen on Thursday.

The conflict has created a humanitarian catastrophe in the country.

The coalition tightened its blockade on Yemen after the missile was sacked.

Iran denies it supplies arms to the Houthis but has said the missile was a reaction to Saudi "aggression".

Yemeni Houthi rebels have directly rebutted US assertions that a missile launched into Saudi Arabia earlier this month was manufactured by Shiite ally Iran.

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