Saudi forces lift Yemen airport blockade

US-Saudi Blockade on Yemen may Result in Worst Famine in Decades: UN

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

The Saudi-led coalition bombed the Houthi rebel-controlled Defence Ministry in Yemen's capital Sanaa, local media reported.

This comes as Saudi Arabia recently intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the capital, Riyadh.

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.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its Shi'Ite rival Iran a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

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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The coalition tightened its blockade on Yemen after the missile was sacked.

"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.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

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.

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

The conflict has left more than 8,650 people dead, including many civilians.

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