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The Saudi-led coalition denied Tuesday it had imposed a "blockade" on Yemen, saying instead that it was controlling access to the country to prevent pro-Iran rebels from obtaining arms.The coalition, which began its bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen in March 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government, accuses Iran of arming the Houthi insurgents and their allies.Asked why commercial aircraft from national carrier Yemenia can no longer operate in Sanaa, stranding thousands of civilians, Assiri said this was to ensure passenger safety and that the airline was not used by the rebels to transfer arms.
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