U N warns Yemen blockade may create largest femine in decades

by International | 10-11-2017 | 551 views

UNITED NATIONS : United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi- led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “ the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims”.

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in neighbouring Yemen said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms  to the Houthis from Iran. The move, which follows the interception of a missile fried toward the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday, is likely to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that according to the United Nations has pushed some seven million people to the brink of famine and left nearly 900,000 infected with cholera. Lowcock who visited Yemen late last month, briefed the U.N. security Council behind closed doors at the request of Sweden.

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