Oct 24, 2018 10:08 Asia/Tehran
  • 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent food aid: UN

The United Nations humanitarian chief said the war on Yemen has left as many as 8.4 million people in the Arab world’s already poorest nation in need of urgent food aid.

Iran Press/Middle East: In all, 75 percent of Yemen’s 22-million-strong population needed some sort of assistance, said the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock.

According to Associated Press, he said three million Yemenis were malnourished, including 1.1 million pregnant women, “and more than 400,000 severely acutely malnourished children.”

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Humanitarian officials “estimate that 3.5 million to four million more people could become severely food insecure in the months ahead,” the report noted.

If current trends continued, food needs could increase “by as much as 62 percent,” it said.

More than 10,000 people have died since Saudi Arabia led many of its allies into the war on Yemen to reinstall the country’s former Riyadh-allied officials. Yemen’s Health Ministry, however, puts the number at above 15,000.

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Saudi Arabia, with the support of the United States, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries, has engaged in military aggression against Yemen and ground sieges, naval and air strikes since March 2015. The fighting in Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen has killed more than 14,000 Yemeni people, injured tens of thousands and displaced millions of Yemeni people.

The United States, and major European countries, including the UK and France, provide the war with various types of support, most importantly unstinting arms sales.

According to UNICEF, since the beginning of the intervention led by Saudi Arabia and its' allies in Yemen in 2015, about 2,400 children have been killed and 3,600 maimed in Yemen.

The military aggression in Saudi Arabia has also hit Yemen's poor country with severe food and drug deficits.

Saudi Arabia has been using the precision-guided weapons provided by Washington to strike the civilian targets in Yemen.

The airstrike prompted strong criticism from human rights activists and organizations across the world, with many countries, including Iran, condemning the killing.

CNN reported that the weapon used to kill the Yemeni children was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by the American Lockheed Martin.


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