Millions face starvation in Yemen as Saudi refuses to reopen Hodeideh port

Nov 17, 2017, 01:09
Millions face starvation in Yemen as Saudi refuses to reopen Hodeideh port

Hedile noted the first flight carrying 218 passengers took off today.

Saudi Arabia announced Monday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world's poorest country, days after closing them over a rebel ballistic missile attack on Riyadh.

Al-Sammad said that with the blockade, the coalition "shut down all doors for peace and dialogue".

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

"The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families".

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Monday to draw attention to the "humanitarian nightmare" unfolding in Yemen - in part due to U.S. military assistance of the Saudi-led coalition laying seige to the country. The three-year-long conflict has resulted in an estimated 10,000 people being killed. The more the blockade tightens, he said, the more the Houthis will develop their abilities to "respond to the assault of the enemy".

"Even with a partial lifting of the blockade, the World Food Program estimates that an additional 3.2 million people will be pushed into hunger".

McGoldrick was speaking to reporters in Geneva by phone from Amman, because he said flights into Sanaa were blocked.

A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in the port city of Hodeida on November 05, 2017.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has demanded the re-opening of key ports for humanitarian shipments to Yemen, including the Red Sea port of Hudaydah and Sanaa airport.

While welcoming the re-opening of Aden port, the United Nations chief said this alone will not meet the needs of 28 million Yemenis, Dujarric told a daily press briefing.

The fiery comments by Saleh al-Sammad, the head of the Presidency Council of the Houthis, came during a rally of thousands of rebel supporters marching down a main boulevard in the capital, Sanaa.