United Nations condemns Yemen rebels' missile attack on Saudi Arabia

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A girl is treated for a suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.

"It is almost impossible to accurately determine whether the suspected cases are cholera or simple diarrhoea", a statement by the spokesperson for the coalition said.

The December 5 execution of Houthi ally and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh - while throwing the rebel faction's leadership into chaos - has nonetheless revealed that Yemeni fighters will not negotiate with the Saudi monarchy, and will not accept anything less than a complete cessation of hostilities and a withdrawal of Riyadh's forces from the beleaguered nation. Cholera flared up in April and spread rapidly, killing 2,227 people but the death rate has since fallen dramatically.

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Other UN officials said the coalition was maintaining tight restrictions on ships reaching Yemen even though 8 million Yemenis are on the brink of starvation with the country relying on imports for the bulk of its food, fuel and medicine.

On Dec 3, the World Health Organization said another wave of cholera could strike within months after the Saudi-led coalition closed air, land and sea access, cutting off fuel for hospitals and water pumps and aid supplies for starving children.

The latest emergency is diphtheria, a disease not seen in Yemen for 25 years, which has affected 312 people and killed 35.

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The cholera outbreak has wiped out the wreckage of what once the Yemeni healthcare system.

The MP said if Yemen's army had been equipped with Iranian missiles, the result of the war would have been different.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting a "top leadership" meeting at the royal palace in the kingdom's capital.

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