Yemeni airline says not resumed commercial flights after blockade

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

ADEN-The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against Yemen's Houthi movement will allow the resumption of worldwide commercial flights to the country, a Yemeni government minister said, easing its nationwide blockade.

The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its Shi'Ite rival Iran a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

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

The move came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired towards Riyadh, which it blamed on Tehran.

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According to defenseworld.net, the announcement comes after Saudi air defense forces reported that they had intercepted a ballistic missile in midair that was sacked from Yemen over northern Riyadh.

Aid groups say 17 million people of Yemen's 27 million population suffer from food insecurity.

The United Nations (UN) said on Friday that the coalition is still blocking desperately needed UN aid deliveries to Yemen despite the re-opening of the Yemeni port of Aden and also a land border crossing.

A Saudi-led, US -backed coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government has been at war with the rebels since March 2015.

The blockade has already led to a fuel crisis in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, where hundreds of cars lined the roads Wednesday after the Houthis ordered the closure of fuel stations. Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed and at least 40,000 wounded, mostly from Saudi-led air strikes.

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