Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile

A provincial health official says an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has struck a market in northern Yemen, killing 11 people, including an 11-year-old boy. 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.

Yemen's armed Houthi movement threatened to block the Red Sea shipping lane on Tuesday if the coalition keeps pushing toward the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah, SABA news agency reported.

Maliki spoke after the rebels on Monday threatened to cut off Red Sea traffic unless Saudi Arabia and its allies lifted a blockade on Yemen's ports and main global airport.

Last Friday, social networking sites shared a number of pictures of an intercepted Houthi missile in the Najran area.

The blockade has massively reduced the amount of food and relief reaching the country, global aid groups say, even though the coalition has since allowed certain aid deliveries in.

The finding is expected to bolster accusations from the USA and Saudi Arabia that Iran has supplied weaponry to the Huthis in their war against the Saudi-led coalition.

Already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, Yemen has been brought to its knees since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 in support of the government.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, millions have been displaced and are at risk of acute hunger and malnutrition and one million have been infected with cholera.

Al-Maliki renewed his call to the global community to take more serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations through the continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups.

Vanessa Coleman