Civilians injured in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital

13 November, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A malnourished boy lies on a bed at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Houdieda Yemen

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

Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, the witnesses added.

"The battleships and oil tankers of the aggression and their movements will not be safe from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if they are directed by the senior leadership [to attack]", the Houthis' official media outlet Al Masirah said on its website, citing a military commander. There was no word of any casualties.

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

According to defenseworld.net, the announcement comes after Saudi air defense forces reported that they had intercepted a ballistic missile in midair that was sacked from Yemen over northern Riyadh.

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


The United Nations and more than 20 aid groups said on November 9 that the Saudi-led coalition's tightening of a blockade on war-torn Yemen could bring millions of people closer to "starvation and death".

The long-term prospects are even worse, with northern Yemen having an estimated six weeks of food left, and United Nations officials warning that "millions" could be killed by starvation if the blockade continues past that point, causing one of the worst famines in generations.

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

A Saudi-led, US -backed coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government has been at war with the rebels since March 2015.

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

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