Saudi-led warplanes strike defense ministry in Yemeni capital

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Saudi-led warplanes strike defense ministry in Yemeni capital

The bloc closed all of Yemen's main air and sea ports on Monday, a move it said was aimed at stopping the flow of arms to Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The move came after Houthis fired an Iranian-made ballistic missile on the Saudi capital Riyadh last weekend.

The Saudi-led coalition is still blocking desperately-needed United Nations aid deliveries to Yemen despite the re-opening of the port of Aden and of a land border crossing, a United Nations spokesman said yesterday.

He explained that the flights of Yemen Airways will return from Sunday.

The coalition continues to block traffic at the main airport in the rebel-held capital Sana'a.

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council this week that unless the blockade is lifted, Yemen will face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims".

The blockade has already impacted millions, with malnutrition now common across the country, particularly in the north, and upwards of a million people coming down with cholera in the worst outbreak in human history, which killed over 2,000 people alone.

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.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its Shi'Ite rival Iran a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

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