Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

The coalition closed all air, land and sea ports to stem the flow of weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen after an Iranian-supplied ballistic missile was launched at Riyadh from Houthi-held territory on November 4.

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

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 European Commissioner for humanitarian aid called on the Saudi-led coalition to allow aid to reach the Yemeni population.

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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".

Concerned by the rise of the rebels, who are allegedly backed by Iran, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Sunni Arab states launched a massive air campaign in 2015 aimed at reinstalling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government.

Recall that the armed conflict in Yemen started in 2014 year.

Houthi leader Abdel Malek Al Houthi said in September his group could target Saudi oil tankers should the coalition attack Yemen's main port at Hodeidah.

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According to defenseworld.net, the announcement comes after Saudi air defense forces reported that they had intercepted a ballistic missile in midair that was sacked from Yemen over northern Riyadh.

"If I have to compare Yemen to a person, I would say that this person is very sick, this person is very weakened, and is being drip-fed, so if you want to keep the patient alive, we need to reactivate drip-feeding as soon as possible", International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Director for the Near and Middle East Robert Mardini told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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