Yemen: fighting in Hodeida intensifies, 53 Houthis killed

04 November, 2018, 20:07 | Author: Angel Logan
  • An airstrike by Saudi Arabia hits a site in the outskirts of Yemen’s capital Sana'a

Three-quarters of Yemen's 29 million people are food insecure, 1.8 children suffer from malnutrition and 400,000 children under age 5 are in the worst stage of malnutrition - without intervention they might die.

While in Hodeida, the lifeline of the Houthi-controlled north, Mr. Cappelaere said he learned that families can't make it to the hospital because of constant fear of airstrikes and shelling or because they have no money to pay for transportation.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to push back the Houthis and return President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

The UN has called Yemen, long the poorest country in the Arab world, the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, and warned that 14 million people across the country face imminent starvation.

Yemen's government said on Thursday it was ready to re-start peace talks with Houthi rebels.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the global community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation.

Geert Cappelaere says both Yemeni government and Houthi rebel authorities are being uncooperative.

U.N. refugee agency UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie said the global community had been "shamefully slow" and urged the U.N. Security Council to find a negotiated end to the war.

"As an global community we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen", she said in a statement Sunday. An estimated 10,000 people have been killed and more than 8 million are at risk of starvation from a looming famine, including 2 million mothers who are risking death.

Guterres' remarks come three days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a cessation of hostilities and said UN-led negotiations to end the war should begin in November. The conflict is seen as a proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran.

Yemeni children are dying from starvation and disease as trucks with life-saving supplies are blocked in port, leaving medical staff and desperate mothers imploring aid workers to do more, a senior United Nations official said.

He called on the warring parties to join proposed peace talks due to be held later this month and agree to a ceasefire across the conflict-ravaged Yemen.

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