Civilians injured in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital

Kristopher Drake
November 13, 2017

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.

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

The United Nations says the closure could cause a starvation in Yemen that could kill millions of people if ports are not reopened.

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 global law, by ensuring the resumption of all humanitarian flights.

"In this case we can target oil tankers".

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

Al Masirah said the decision to threaten coalition vessels was taken after a meeting of naval officials who had discussed the possible response to the closure of Yemeni ports. The coalition reopened the al Wadea border crossing linking Saudi Arabia with territory in eastern Yemen on Thursday.

The missile which was intercepted on November 4 has escalated tensions between regional foes Saudi Arabia and Iran, which Riyadh blames for supplying the missile to the Houthis.

Three years into a brutal conflict, Yemen depends on imports - amounting to up to 90 per cent of its daily needs - and millions in the country are being kept alive by humanitarian aid.

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

The government-held southern Yemeni port of Aden was reopened on Wednesday, but ports in Houthi-held areas are still shut.

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