Thousands could die in Yemen famine due to Saudi blockade

Thousands of Yemenis could die daily if the Saudi Arabia-led coalition does not lift its blockade on the war-devastated country’s main ports, warned the United Nations and International agencies. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said this week that 2.5 million people in Yemen’s busy cities that had no access to clean water, increasing the danger that a cholera epidemic will spread.

The United Nations has requested for the blockade to be lifted, adding that it may spark the biggest famine the world has witnessed in decades. Around seven million people are already on the verge of famine. On November 6, the Saudi-led alliance locked all air, land and sea access to Yemen after the interception of the missile fired towards the Riyadh, adding that it had to stem the flow of arms from Iran to its Houthi opponents in the war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has said then that help can go through “liberated ports” but not Houthi-controlled Hodeiadh, the channel for the enormous bulk of imports into Yemen.

The closure of Yemen’s border has stopped the delivery of crisis assistance for almost 280,000 internally expatriated people, and stranded some of its staff outside the country, whereas others want fuel for transport. The heads of World Food Programme, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization had said in a joint statement that Yemen has already 7 million people on the verge of famine, but deprived of the opening of all ports that number could rise by 3.2 million. The statement from David Beasley, Anthony Lake, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “The cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost”.

No less than one million kids are at danger if a rapidly spreading diphtheria outbreak is not halted in its tracks, and the lives of 400,000 pregnant women and their babies are under risk due to the lack of medicines. The UN refugee agency said that the maddening. The UN refugee agency indicated alarm at the getting worse humanitarian situation, saying that at a center for displaced Yemenis in Sanaa “hundreds more people are approaching the facility daily, saying they are no longer able to meet basic needs or afford medical care”.

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