The civil war-torn Yemen faces “the most serious famine that the world has not seen for decades.” This warning was made yesterday, November 8, after speaking at a closed meeting of the UN security Council permanent under Secretary Organizations for humanitarian Affairs mark Lowcock, reports the Radio Liberty.
“This is not hunger, similar to that which claimed the lives of 250 million people in Somalia in 2011. It will be the worst famine that the world has seen in many decades; its victims will be the millions,” said the official.
According to him, the threat of famine is mainly the result of the blockade of the Yemen by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
UN urged to provide immediate access to all the ports to resume shipments of food, fuel, medicines and other assistance, and to resume regular flights of the UN and humanitarian organizations in the city of Aden and Saan.
In early November, the coalition under the leadership of the Saudis blocked land, sea and air access to Yemen. This happened after members of the coalition have accused Iran of supplying the de facto power in Yemen – the Houthis – ballistic missiles, which tried razbombit international airport in Riyadh.
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At the end of March 2017, the international Committee of the red cross stated that the saving from starvation of millions of citizens in Yemen and Somalia – “the question three or four months.”