Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Saudi-led coalition reopens Yemen's Aden and Seiyoun airports

Saudi-led coalition reopens Yemen's Aden and Seiyoun airports

Residents said the first airstrike hit the compound of the defence ministry late night of Friday, and minutes later the second airstrike hit the residential quarter just few meters east of the ministry building.

'Everyone was afraid. Minutes later, another strike hit my neighbour's house.

Aatif, who fled with his family from the neighbourhood, said the strike destroyed his neighbour's house, leaving an enormous crater, and damaged others. Witnesses said the number of casualties may rise as injured are pulled from the rubble.

Yemeni officials announced on Friday evening that the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militia has re-opened the Aden and Seiyoun airports four days after its decision to temporarily close Yemeni ports. While Tehran has firmly denied its involvement, Saudi Arabia still holds Iran responsible for the attack.

Yemeni men and security forces in Aden, Yemen, November 5, 2017.

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.

The war has led Yemen to the world's most humanitarian catastrophe with less than one million Yemenis hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and pushed the poor Arab country into the brink of mass starvation.

The war has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced more than 3 million others, according to United Nations agencies.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighbouring Yemen in March 2015 with the stated aim of rolling back Huthi rebel gains and restoring the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than two and half years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

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