While a briefing last Friday, the United Nations has warned regarding the worst humanitarian crisis that the world has seen in the modern age. UN predicts that millions of more people will die by the end of their year in Yemen as a consequence of blockade imposed on the country by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.
Kingdom’s unsuccessful attempts to quash Houthi-led resistance movement against Western and Saudi imperialism in Yemen has already killed thousands, including children. Saudi Arabia rejected Iran’s peace plan in 2015, claiming that the victory is at hand within three weeks. However, four years later, the imposed war has transformed the country into nothing but ruins.
UN’s emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock expressed his grave concerns regarding the “recent decline of commercial food imports through the Red Sea ports”. He added that the majority of the Yemeni population is dependant on aid and the number standing on brink of starvation will increase from current 8.4 million to 18.4 million by this December.
Considering that the current population of Yemen is 28 million, the recent conservative estimate means nearly two-thirds of the total population will suffer at the hands of hunger and food shortage.
”While the coalition — composed of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with support from other Gulf monarchies and Western governments — has publicly claimed that it has lifted the blockade after international pressure, the coalition’s “ship inspections” continue to prevent critical supplies – such as food, fuel and medicine – from entering the most populated portions of the country, which remain under Houthi control.” – reported an international media outlet.
Lowcock further adding that ”lifting” the blockade had a little impact as the imports are “well short of pre-blockade averages” and are insufficient to prevent mass starvation in the country. The blockade has also lead to the cut in access of medicines, causing the worst cholera epidemic in recent history to ravage Yemen – even though cholera is easily treatable with inexpensive medicines.
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