Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

Al-Mouallimi said that the Kingdom has already presented a letter to the Security Council concerning last Saturday's ballistic missile fired from Yemen on King Khaled International Airport.

The European Commissioner for humanitarian aid called on the Saudi-led coalition to allow aid to reach the Yemeni population.

The United Nations says the closure could cause a starvation in Yemen that could kill millions of people if ports are not reopened.

A number of houses were also reportedly damaged in the strike.

Yemen lies beside the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers, which pass near Yemen's shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.

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

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Mohammad Ali al-Houthi said that if Saudi Arabia target Hodeidah port and its coastal areas, "we will make unprecedented steps" against the country, the Arabic-language Al Mayadeen TV network reported.

The Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked Hodeidah on Friday and killed and injured 16 fisherman in al-Bawadi region.

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 Houthis have often made such threats against Saudi Arabia and its main coalition partner, the United Arab Emirates, although they have not so far demonstrated the capability to hit all the targets they mention. Shiite rebels, backed by Iran, claimed the new weapon could be deployed "very soon" against Saudi warships blockading Yemeni ports.

Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Mouallimi, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that a committee tasked with following up on UN decisions was now investigating the Iranian ballistic missiles in the framework of updating violations against UN Resolutions, adding that the Saudi side awaits the results of the probe.

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