Saudi forces lift Yemen airport blockade

Trevor Jackson
November 12, 2017

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Houthi movement in Yemen has reopened a land border crossing, easing a blockade imposed on the country earlier this week, a Yemeni official and witnesses said on Friday.

The coalition has targeted the nearby defence ministry in the past, leaving it heavily damaged, but the fresh strikes come amid a ratcheting up of tensions between Saudi Arabia and its rival Iran, which backs the Huthi rebels. "The house has been destroyed".

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

The rebels have threatened additional attacks on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner the United Arab Emirates in response to the blockade. "There were two to three strikes on the Ministry of Defense", local journalist Hassain Abukhaiti told RT, confirming that Saudi-led planes are targeting the Yemeni capital.

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The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against Yemen's Houthi movement will allow the resumption of worldwide commercial flights to the country, a Yemeni government minister said, easing its nationwide blockade.

"The coalition re-opened Aden and Seiyoun airports", said Murad al-Halimi, transport minister of the Yemeni government.

The United Nations and several humanitarian groups this week warned that millions could die in Yemen from starvation if the blockade, which includes relief aid, was not lifted.

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

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