Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

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The coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, launched two air strikes on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, France 24 reports, citing eyewitnesses and local media.

The aim of the attack was the Ministry of defence of the country.

Aatif, who fled with his family from the neighbourhood, said the strike destroyed his neighbour's house, leaving an enormous crater, and damaged others.

The coalition has intensified air strikes in Yemen since the Houthis fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, a week ago.

- An independent group of world leaders are calling on Saudi Arabia and its partners in a coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen to lift their blockade of the war-ravaged nation to avert a humanitarian disaster.

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

This week, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned the Security Council (UNSC) that Yemen would face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims", unless the blockade was lifted.

Flights by national carrier Yemenia to the pro-Saudi government-held cities of Aden and Seiyun would resume on Sunday, Yemeni Transport Minister Mourad al-Halimi said. Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

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

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