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UN: Millions On Verge Of Starvation In Yemen

By Charles Bybelezer | The Media Line

November 9, 2017

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The United Nations’ humanitarian chief warned that unless a blockade enforced on Yemen is lifted, the country will be subjected to “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.” After briefing the Security Council, Mark Lowcock called for an immediate resumption of air flights into the cities of Sanaa and Aden as well as for total access to ports, through which to transfer food, fuel, medicine and other supplies. While the ongoing war has long limited the inflow of aid into Yemen, a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni states fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels imposed more stringent restrictions on imports in the wake of this week’s targeting of Riyadh’s international airport with a ballistic missile. The House of Saud accused Iran of manufacturing the weapon and then transferring it to its Shiite proxy while insinuating that members of Hizbullah may have launched the attack from Houthi-controlled territory. Since the coalition intervened militarily in March 2015, an estimated 17,000 Yemenis have been killed and some eighty percent of the population has been pushed to the brink of starvation. In this respect, the executive director of the World Food Program recently revealed that about 20 million people in the country “do not know where they’re going to get their next meal.” Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran continued to escalate this week with the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a move Iran claimed was orchestrated by the Saudis to sow further turmoil in the region. By contrast, Saudi Arabia slammed the Islamic Republic for its meddling in Lebanon, an act it described as a declaration of war.

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