Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemeni capital

Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemeni capital

Yemen's national airline said on Sunday it still lacks the security permits needed to resume commercial flights, a day after the transport minister said some flights would be allowed as a nationwide blockade is eased.

One of the missiles hit a residential area near the ministry, wounding at least eight civilians, it said.

He said the strike destroyed his neighbour's house, leaving an enormous crater, and damaged others.

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Two air strikes targeted the ministry late on Friday and plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the building, the rebel media network Al Masirah quoted witnesses as saying. The casualty toll could rise as rescuers search through the rubble for survivors.

The move came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired towards Riyadh, which it blamed on Tehran. This follows another attack on October 30 when a missile was sacked from inside of Yemen at a Saudi army base in the Aseer province on the border between the two countries.

Yemen's Houthi forces have threatened to shoot down Saudi vessels found anywhere near Red Sea ports controlled by the rebels with the newly launched "underwater" torpedo missiles.

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This week, United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned the Security Council that, unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen would face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims". Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than two and half years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

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

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