Yemen: UN official warns of world’s biggest famine

Yemen faces the world’s largest famine in decades “with millions of victims” if aid deliveries are not resumed, a senior UN official has warned.

Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, urged the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of the conflict-torn country.

On Monday, the coalition shut air, land and sea routes into Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a missile at Riyadh.

The ballistic warhead was intercepted near the Saudi capital.

Saudi Arabia said the blockade was needed to stop Iran sending weapons to the rebels.

Iran denies arming the rebels, who have fought the Saudi-led coalition since 2015.

Mr Lowcock was speaking on Wednesday, after briefing the UN Security Council on the issue behind closed doors.

“I have told the council that unless those measures are lifted… there will be a famine in Yemen”, Mr Lowcock told reporters.

“It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.”

Earlier this week, the UN and the Red Cross warned that a “catastrophic” situation threatened millions of Yemenis who relied on life-saving aid deliveries.

The Red Cross said its shipment of chlorine tablets, vital to combating a cholera epidemic which has affected more than 900,000 people, had been blocked.

The UN says seven million Yemenis are on the brink of famine.

The country relies on imports for virtually everything civilians need to survive, but now neither food, fuel nor medicine can get in.

More than 8,670 people – 60% of them civilians – have been killed and 49,960 injured in air strikes and fighting on the ground since the coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015, according to the UN.


this has to stop..fuck the sauds and their fake anti corruption about stopping the blockade you neanderthal warmongers..

“The country relies on imports for virtually everything civilians need to survive, but now neither food, fuel nor medicine can get in.”

this is 2017..not the middle ages..



~ by seeker401 on November 10, 2017.

5 Responses to “Yemen: UN official warns of world’s biggest famine”

  1. There is only one word to describe this and that word is ‘evil’.


    • Essentially, the Saudis are allowing innocent Yemeni civilians to die needlessly due to starvation and treatable disease. That is why Saudi Arabia’s callously actions against the Yemeni people are so horrific. I am far from a bleeding-heart liberal, however, some acts are just plain unconscionable and board line amoral. While I may not agree with taking brutal measures to stifle the rebels, at least I can see the logic in it. But to make it so that innocent civilians have to slowly parish in such an agonizing manner, makes me consider the potential that this isn’t negligence, but rather these actions are malicious and intentional. I must state that I do not have enough evidence to substantiate this point that Saudi Arabia is intentionally trying to starve Yemeni civilians. So this point is merely pure speculation. Maybe the Saudis could at least inspect provisions coming into the country versus outright prohibiting them.

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