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Saudi-led strikes target defense ministry in Yemeni capital

Saudi-led strikes target defense ministry in Yemeni capital

A fresh Saudi-led airstrike hit a residential neighborhood overnight in central Yemen's capital Sanaa, injuring at least six residents and completely destroying four resident houses, a Xinhua photographer at the scene said on Saturday.

Local resident Mohammed Aatif said: 'I was sitting at home and heard the first strike hit the ministry of defence.

The coalition has intensified air strikes in Yemen since the Houthis fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, a week ago. The casualty toll could rise as rescuers search through the rubble for survivors.

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.

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Yemeni men and security forces in Aden, Yemen, November 5, 2017. While Tehran has firmly denied its involvement, Saudi Arabia still holds Iran responsible for the attack.

This week, United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned the Security Council that, unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen would face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims". Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

The world body has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, of whom seven million are at risk of starvation.

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