Saudi-led coalition reopens Yemen's Aden and Seiyoun airports

  • Saudi-led coalition reopens Yemen's Aden and Seiyoun airports

Saudi-led coalition reopens Yemen's Aden and Seiyoun airports

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

The Saudi-led military coalition carried out two air strikes on the defence ministry in Yemen´s rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses said, cited by AFP. There are fears of civilian casualties as nearby buildings were also reportedly hit.

A ballistic missile that was intercepted near the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh Saturday came from Iran, it was reported.

Growing complaints about the humanitarian catastrophe in Saudi-blockaded Yemen have led the Saudi government to announce that the al-Wadea border crossing is being reopened.

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".

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

More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in a cholera outbreak now affecting almost one million people.

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

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.