Yemen is suffering over failure to open ports, airports

17 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in the port city of Hodeida

Fuel supplies needed to run Yemen's hospital generators and pump clean water will run out in less than three weeks unless the Saudi-led coalition lifts its blockade, the United Nations has warned.

Saudi Arabia announced it shut down all ports after a Houthi ballistic missile attack near Riyadh's worldwide airport.

Al-Sammad said that with the blockade, the coalition "shut down all doors for peace and dialogue".

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels bombed the airport in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, Tuesday, Yemeni officials said, although there were conflicting reports as to the extension of damage caused in the strike.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Monday to draw attention to the "humanitarian nightmare" unfolding in Yemen - in part due to U.S. military assistance of the Saudi-led coalition laying seige to the country.

A source in the Houthis said the two had not been kidnapped but ordered confined to a hotel after they were found travelling near combat areas in northern Yemen without permission.

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Even with a partial lifting of the blockade, the WFP estimates that an additional 3.2 million people will be pushed into hunger.

In this August 15, 2015 photo, a Yemeni child stands at a door as she waits to receive a polio vaccination during a house-to-house polio immunization campaign in Sanaa, Yemen.

More than 20 million people, more than half of whom are children, are in need of urgent assistance. The UN has called it the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world". He said the flights would increase gradually over the coming days.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has demanded the re-opening of key ports for humanitarian shipments to Yemen, including the Red Sea port of Hudaydah and Sanaa airport.

"We have some 21 million people needing assistance and seven million of those are in famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid", United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said.

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