Yemen is suffering over failure to open ports, airports

Yemen is suffering over failure to open ports, airports

Yemen is suffering over failure to open ports, airports

The coalition recently tightened its blockade after Houthi rebels fired a rocket at the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

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

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition said it was closing Yemen's ground, air and sea ports after a ballistic missile was sacked over the Saudi capital from Yemen.

In this April, 13, 2017 photo, Yemeni children wait to receive food rations provided by a local charity, in Sanaa, Yemen.

The dire forecast came as Yemen battles one of the world's worst outbreaks of cholera, with almost one million people infected.

"The cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost", the statement from David Beasley, Anthony Lake and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "There are many sources of supply to Yemen, even during the past week or so".

The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has written to Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador saying the kingdom's failure to reopen key Yemen airports and sea ports is reversing humanitarian efforts to tackle the crisis in the impoverished country.

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United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned at that meeting that unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen will face "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims".

The agencies said in a statement: "Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world".

UNICEF said: "Without fuel, the vaccine cold chain, water supply systems and waste water treatment plants will stop functioning. I think it poses a critical threat to the lives of millions who are already struggling to survive".

Pressing the Government in the House of Lords, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon said: "Even allowing for the fact of jihadist terrorism, is not the greatest threat to peace coming from the Middle East now the imminent danger of a conflict between the Sunnis and the Shias, led by Saudi Arabia and Tehran, in which the West is backing one side and Russian Federation the other?"

There is also the risk of a renewed flare-up in cholera, which was on the wane after the most explosive outbreak ever recorded - with over 900,000 cases and 2,200 deaths in the past six months.

Dujarric said the United Nations refugee agency expressed alarm at the worsening humanitarian situation, noting that at a center for displaced Yemenis in Sanaa "hundreds more people are approaching the facility daily, saying they are no longer able to meet basic needs or afford medical care".

UNICEF is helping provide clean water to 6 million Yemenis by ensuring fuel is delivered to water pumping stations in cities, he said.

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