Yemen Blockade Result of UN Silence, US Support: Yemeni Politician

13 November, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • US-Saudi Blockade on Yemen may Result in Worst Famine in Decades: UN

The United Nations, along with dozens of other aid groups, are raising alarm at the blockade imposed on Yemen by the the USA -backed, Saudi-led coalition there, saying Thursday it could lead to "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades".

This follows another attack on October 30 when a missile was sacked from inside of Yemen at a Saudi army base in the Aseer province on the border between the two countries. Over 20 million people need humanitarian assistance, including 7 million facing "famine-like" conditions, they said.

He also called for an immediate agreement to the prepositioning of the World Food Programme (WFP) - the UN's emergency food relief agency - vessel in the waters off Aden, assurances that there will be no further disruption to the functions the vessel supports, as well as resumption of humanitarian and commercial access to all the seaports of Yemen.

Iran denies it supplies arms to the Houthis but has said the missile was a reaction to Saudi "aggression".

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The war in Yemen, the region's poorest country, started in 2014 after Houthi rebels seized control of Sanaa and began pushing south towards the country's third-biggest city Aden. The rebels said they closed the stations after merchants refused to fix prices.

He also threatened that giant oil facilities in Saudi Arabia will be among the major targets of their "capable missiles", in reference to ballistic missiles smuggled from Iran.

"Washington aids the forces of aggression, politically and militarily, and has pushed them into unsafe pitfalls", Houthi spokesman Muhammad Abdul Salam said on the group's Al-Masirah TV channel.

On Thursday, the Houthis rejected the US allegations, saying they built the missile themselves and fired it in response to coalition bombings that have killed civilians and the ongoing blockade.

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