Saudi-led warplanes strike defense ministry in Yemeni capital

Pauline Gross
November 12, 2017

People inspect the rubble of houses destroyed by earlier Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen.

Local resident Mohammed Aatif said: 'I was sitting at home and heard the first strike hit the ministry of defence.

The coalition said on Monday it would close all air, land and sea ports in Yemen to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran, after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired toward its capital Riyadh.

A number of houses were also reportedly damaged in the strike.

The rebels have threatened additional attacks on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner the United Arab Emirates in response to the blockade.

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The United Nations and several humanitarian groups this week warned that millions could die in Yemen from starvation if the blockade, which includes relief aid, was not lifted.

The al Wadea border crossing, linking Saudi Arabia with territory in eastern Yemen controlled by the Saudi-backed government, was reopened on Thursday, the official and witnesses said, letting food and other supplies enter Yemen.

The world body has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, of whom seven million are at risk of starvation.

Yemen has been immersed in a violent conflict between President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's government and the Houthi Shia movement.

According to the United Nations, from March 2015 to March 2017, 16,200 people have been killed in Yemen, including 10,000 civilians.

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