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Saudi coalition bombs Houthi defence ministry in Yemen

13 November 2017

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

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

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said that it would close all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms from Iran.

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Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for supplying the rebels with the missile, sparking tensions between the Middle East rivals and fears of a military confrontation.

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

Calling for the immediate opening of all air and seaports to ensure the entry of food, fuel and medicines into the country, the humanitarian community ask the Saudi-led Coalition to facilitate unhindered access of aid workers to people in need, in compliance with worldwide law, by ensuring the resumption of all humanitarian flights.

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The Houthis, fighters drawn mainly from Yemen's Zaidi Shiite minority and allied to long-serving former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, control much of Yemen including the capital Sanaa.

Aid groups say 17 million people of Yemen's 27 million population suffer from food insecurity.

The United Nations had warned the total blockade could cause starvation in the impoverished country where war has killed at least 10,000 people in the last 2-1/2 years and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) expressed more concerns on Sunday.

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A Saudi-led, US -backed coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government has been at war with the rebels since March 2015. Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

Saudi coalition bombs Houthi defence ministry in Yemen