UN concerns about new wave of war in Yemen
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees expressed concern about the rising killing of Yemeni people in Al-Hadida.
Iran Press/ Middle East: "Shabia Mantoo" spokeswoman of the UNHCR said on Saturday, nearly half a million people have fled their homes in the Yemeni port city of Al-Hadida and surrounding areas since June but fighting has now blocked exit routes, Reuters reported.
As testament to how dire the situation is, some 445000 people from Al-Hadida governorate have been forced to flee since June, according to UN data, spokeswoman Shabia Manto told a news briefing.
According to this report, a surge of fighting in the past week has trapped thousands of civilians in the crossfire and Saudi led coalition air raids.
The international pressure on Saudi Arabia has been increased, as it faces a global outcry over the murder of a prominent Saudi journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
"Some of them have fled to other prts of Al-Hadida province and some to other areas of Yemen, she told Reuters.
The province of Hodida, including the port city, had a population of 2.6 million in 2011, four years before the civil war erupted, according to Yemeni statistics.
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.
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.
Nearly 14,000 Yemenis, including 5,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign since March 2015.