Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

Yemeni men and security forces in Aden, Yemen, November 5, 2017.

Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, the witnesses added. There was no word of any casualties.

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 coalition has targeted the defence ministry in the past, leaving it heavily damaged, but the fresh strikes come amid a ratcheting up of tensions between Saudi Arabia and its rival Iran, which backs the Huthi rebels.

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

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"The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death", said humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations, working in Yemen in a joint statement Thursday.

Two days later, the Saudi-led coalition responded by closing access to Yemeni ports, saying this was needed to stop arms reaching the Houthis.

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. Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

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.

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