Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: State media

Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: State media

United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who approved the allocation on Friday, said there must be reduction both in fighting on the ground and airstrikes, which have greatly intensified in recent weeks.

He said many people in Yemen are now completely reliant on humanitarian aid to survive.

The Houthi rebels, who are believed to be backed by Iran, stormed Yemen's capital Sanaa in September 2014.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the Saudi-led coalition for almost three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

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.

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Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, state media reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack.

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of backing the Houthis. The airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians and wiped out entire neighborhoods, including hospitals.

The almost three years into Yemen's civil war have killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly children, and displaced 3 million others, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

The International Red Cross said there are one million suspected cases of cholera in Yemen, and more than 80 percent of Yemenis lack food, fuel, clean water and access to health care.

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