Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemeni capital

People walk at the site of an air strike in the northwestern city of Saada Yemen on Nov. 1 2017

People inspect the rubble of houses destroyed by earlier Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen.

It is noted that the strikes were aimed at the Ministry of defense of Yemen. He said there are reports that "one of the missiles hit a house" near the military building.

The coalition tightened its blockade on Yemen after the rebels fired a missile last weekend that was intercepted near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Witnesses said the number of casualties may rise as wounded are pulled from the rubble.

The rebels have threatened additional attacks on Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to the blockade.

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.

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.

The United Nations, along with dozens of other aid groups, are raising alarm at the blockade imposed on Yemen by the the USA -backed, Saudi-led coalition there, saying Thursday it could lead to "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades".

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.

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

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