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Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

Saudi-led coalition to allow commercial flights to Yemen: minister

The coalition had said it closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

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

"The battleships and oil tankers of the aggression and their movements will not be safe from the fire of Yemeni naval forces if they are directed by the senior leadership (to attack)", the Houthis' official media outlet Al Masirah said on its website, citing a military commander. There was no word of any casualties.

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This comes as Saudi Arabia recently intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the capital, Riyadh.

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 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. Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

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Concerned by the rise of the rebels, who are allegedly backed by Iran, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Sunni Arab states launched a massive air campaign in 2015 aimed at reinstalling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government.

The Huthis continue to control the capital Sanaa and much of Yemen's north.

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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