Yemen says Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights

A malnourished boy lies on a bed at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Houdieda Yemen

A malnourished boy lies on a bed at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Houdieda Yemen

It wasn't immediately clear if the attacks were air or missile strikes, but they came following reports that Iran had manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital a week ago.

One of the missiles hit a residential area near the ministry, wounding at least eight civilians, it said. "There were two to three strikes on the Ministry of Defense", local journalist Hassain Abukhaiti told RT, confirming that Saudi-led planes are targeting the Yemeni capital. "The house has been destroyed". The casualty toll could rise as rescuers search through the rubble for survivors.

- 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.

The al Wadea border crossing, linking Saudi Arabia with territory in eastern Yemen controlled by the Saudi-backed government, was reopened on Thursday, the official and witnesses said, letting food and other supplies enter Yemen.

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council this week that unless the blockade is lifted, Yemen will face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims".

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

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