Half of Yemenis on brink of famine: 35 NGOs warn
Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where they warned the Saudi-led coalition’s war has put 14 million people on the brink of famine.
Iran Press/ Middle East: Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs also called on the world to “secure an immediate cessation of hostilities” and “suspend the supply of arms at risk of being used in Yemen”.
According to Press TV, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is man-made and a direct consequence of the severe restrictions on access to food, fuel, medical imports and humanitarian aid, the NGOs added.
The appeal was signed by Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, Doctors of the World, the International Federation for Human Rights, CARE International, and Yemeni organizations.
1.8 million children under the age of five are facing acute malnutrition, and 400,000 are affected by severe acute malnutrition,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s regional director in the Middle East and North Africa said.
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.
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 war initiated by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen has killed more than 14,000 Yemeni people, injured tens of thousands and displaced millions of Yemenis.
According to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (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 by Saudi Arabia has also affected Yemen by resulting in a severe food and drug shortage in the country.
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 American arms manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. 104/202