Houthis target Saudi oil tanker off Yemen

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Spokesman of the coalition forces in support of legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Saleh Al Maliki said that 16 air, sea and land relief outlets in Yemen are open to global organisations and donor countries to receive aid and enter the Yemeni territories.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. He pointed out that the port of Hodeidah is a starting point for operations threatening maritime navigation, and Houthi militias threaten air navigation over Sanaa.

Al-Maliki continued to say the Houthis are using the port of Hudaydah as a means for "smuggling advanced weaponry, but also as a launch pad for attacks on worldwide ships".

Further adding to the soaring civilian death toll in Yemen, Saudi warplanes attacked a marketplace in the northern Yemeni Saada Province on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding five others.

Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who are locked in a war with Yemen's Saudi-backed government, said they shot down the plane over Saada, their northern Yemeni stronghold, according to their Al-Masirah television channel.

Iran has strongly denied arming the Huthis and in December 2017 accused the USA of presenting "fabricated" evidence that a November 4 missile fired at Riyadh airport was Iranian-made.

The war has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and pushed the country to the brink of mass starvation.

United Nations experts say Iran violated a United Nations arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shiite rebels in Yemen in a report that also criticises the rebels and Saudi-led coalition for attacks on civilians.

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