Saudi-led blockade could 'starve and kill' millions in Yemen

Civilians injured in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital

In retaliation to Saudi-led coalition's announcement to shut down all Yemen ground, air and sea ports, the Houthi rebels said they could be deploying this newly launched anti-ship missile "very soon" targeting Saudi ships near the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

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

Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for supplying the rebels with the missile, sparking tensions between the Middle East rivals and fears of a military confrontation.

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

On Thursday, the Houthis rejected the USA allegations, saying they built the missile themselves and fired it in response to coalition bombings that have killed civilians and the ongoing blockade.

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

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The United Nations (UN) said on Friday that the coalition is still blocking desperately needed UN aid deliveries to Yemen despite the re-opening of the Yemeni port of Aden and also a land border crossing.

Commercial flights in and out of Yemen will resume on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government lifted a week-long ban.

Aid groups say 17 million people of Yemen's 27 million population suffer from food insecurity.

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

The Houthis control most of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.

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