More Yemen deaths likely from Saudi blockade, UN warns
More deaths are likely in Yemen as a Saudi-led blockade stalls aid into the war-torn country, the World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen said on Monday.
Publish date : Tuesday 21 November 2017 10:53
Yemen's air, sea and land borders were sealed by the Saudi-led coalition earlier in November after the kingdom intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile
Humanitarian organisations decried the latest closures, warning that Yemen would face the largest famine in decades
if the blockade continued.
Saudi Arabia said last week that it would reverse the closure in areas not controlled by Houthi rebels.
Stephen Anderson, WFP's country director in Yemen, told AP
that the situation in the country is "heart-breaking".
Of a population of 26 million, around 17 million do not know where their next meal is coming from while seven million are totally dependent on food assistance, he said.
On Sunday night, the Saudi military coalition struck the northern province of Jawf killing ten civilians, including two children, security officials said.
The coalition began its war against the Houthis in 2015 in support of the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The war in Yemen has killed at least 10,000 civilians