Saudi-led coalition leads to the isolation of Yemen

Janny Oh, Backpage Editor

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Saudi Arabia’s blockade of entry points to Yemen has put the country into a famine that could starve millions, said top relief official of the United Nations.

While Saudi Arabia promises that the measure is temporary, all humanitarian deliveries to Yemen have halted, including at least three United Nations airplanes full of emergency supplies. The World Food Program, the source of food for the millions of people in Yemen, has also been stopped.

The Security Council has condemned the missile launching into Saudi territory but took no quick action concerning the blockade. The current council president, Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, said members asked all parties in Yemen to allow access to humanitarian supplies. Wednesday, fifteen humanitarian relief groups expressed alarm in a joint statement that the blockade had imperiled lifesaving assistance to millions of people in Yemen.

The country is struggling with an acute hunger crisis that has affected at least 17 million people. Yemen is also suffering a cholera scourge that has sickened nearly one million. Saudi Arabia claimed that the blockade was needed to stave off the Houthis, who are located at the north of Yemen. Arabia has accused Iran of delivering the type of missile which was launched at Saudi Arabia to the Houthis. The missile was shot down near Riyadh, the capital. Iran has denied the allegation.

In three months, two thousand people have been killed by cholera. Half a million are already infected. Yemen’s citizens are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in history. The Red Cross reports 20 kidney patients requiring dialysis have also died in recent weeks “due to the non-availability of treatment.”

Saudi Arabia closed the highways, sea routes and airports in Yemen, blocking chlorine tablets from humanitarian groups from reaching Yemenis. Without access clean water, chances of waterborne disease increases.The International Red Cross infers that about a million in Yemen will be infected by cholera by December.

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Saudi-led coalition leads to the isolation of Yemen