UN warns mil­lions at risk in Ye­men, urges coali­tion

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GENEVA: The UN aid co­or­di­na­tor “We would ask that the called on the Saudi-led coali­tion to coali­tion opens all the sea­ports open all Ye­men’s sea­ports ur­gently as a mat­ter of ur­gency and al­lows on Tues­day, say­ing mil­lions of lives hu­man­i­tar­ian and other sup­plies were at risk. to move, as well as the move­ment

The Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing of aid work­ers,” he said. Ye­men’s An­sarul­lah move­ment Hu­man­i­tar­ian agen­cies had said last week it had closed all air, been suc­cess­ful in pre­vent­ing land and sea­ports in Ye­men to famine and tack­ling a cholera stem what it said was the flow of out­break that has sick­ened more arms to the rebels. than 900,000 peo­ple in six months

“We have some 21 mil­lion and killed over 2,200. on the streets. peo­ple need­ing as­sis­tance and “This im­port block­age will

On Mon­day, Ira­nian of­fi­cials said seven mil­lion of those are in re­v­erse those gains and leave they were set­ting up re­lief camps for famine-like con­di­tions and rely mil­lions of peo­ple in a very the dis­placed and that 22,000 tents, com­pletely on food aid,” UN pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion as we move 52,000 blan­kets and tonnes of food hu­man­i­tar­ian co­or­di­na­tor for ahead. The hu­man­i­tar­i­ans are just and wa­ter had been dis­trib­uted. Ye­men Jamie McGoldrick said. hold­ing things to­gether, wait­ing

The of­fi­cial Irna news agency said “The con­tin­ued clo­sure by for a peace process which is very 30 Red Cres­cent teams had been sent the Saudi-led coali­tion of crit­i­cal much in the dis­tance.” to the area. sea­ports and air­ports is ag­gra­vat­ing The north of the coun­try, home

Hun­dreds of am­bu­lances and an al­ready dire hu­man­i­tar­ian to 78 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, dozens of army he­li­copters were sit­u­a­tion. I think it poses a crit­i­cal had 20 days’ stocks of diesel, cru­cial re­ported to have joined the res­cue threat to the lives of mil­lions who for pump­ing wa­ter and fight­ing ef­fort af­ter supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah are al­ready strug­gling to sur­vive.” cholera, and 10 days’ stocks of Ali Khamenei or­dered the gov­ern­ment McGoldrick was speak­ing to gaso­line, with no prospect of and armed forces to mo­bilise “all their re­porters in Geneva by phone re­sup­ply soon, he said. means”. from Amman, be­cause he said Ye­men had com­mer­cial wheat

By late Mon­day, of­fi­cials said all the flights into Sanaa were blocked. stocks for three months for the roads in Ker­man­shah prov­ince had “The hu­man­i­tar­ian im­pact en­tire pop­u­la­tion of 28 mil­lion been re­opened. what is hap­pen­ing right now and about 120 days of rice.

Sun­day’s quake struck along a unimag­in­able,” he said. The UN chil­dren’s agency 1,500-km fault line be­tween the The Saudi-led coali­tion has said Unicef had only three weeks of Ara­bian and Eurasian tec­tonic plates, it will keep Hodei­dah port closed vac­cine sup­plies left in Ye­men, and which ex­tends through western Iran un­til a UN ver­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme both Unicef and the World Health and north­east­ern Iraq. The area sees is re­viewed to en­sure no weapons Or­ga­ni­za­tion had ship­ments of fre­quent seis­mic ac­tiv­ity. reach the rebels. es­sen­tial medicines and vac­cines

In 1990, a 7.4-mag­ni­tude quake in McGoldrick said the Saudi blocked in Dji­bouti, McGoldrick north­ern Iran killed 40,000 said.peo­ple,plan­to­sup­plyYe­men­throughthe in­jured 300,000 and left half a mil­lion Saudi port of Jizan in the north Ye­men’s na­tional air­line said home­less, re­duc­ing dozens of towns and Aden in the south was too on Tues­day a com­mer­cial flight and nearly 2,000 vil­lages to rub­ble. com­pli­cated, dan­ger­ous, slow and had landed at Aden in­ter­na­tional

Thir­teen years later, a cat­a­strophic ex­pen­sive, adding an es­ti­mated air­port af­ter ac­quir­ing se­cu­rity quake flat­tened swathes of the $30 per tonne to ev­ery ship­ment. per­mits. — Reuters an­cient south­east­ern Ira­nian city of Bam, killing at least 31,000. Iran has ex­pe­ri­enced at least two ma­jor quake dis­as­ters since — one in 2005 that killed more than 600 peo­ple and an­other in 2012 that left some 300 dead. — AFP of is and sea ports in Ye­men to stem what it said was the flow of arms to the rebels.

The move came af­ter Saudi Ara­bia in­ter­cepted a mis­sile fired to­wards Riyadh.

A Ye­me­nia air­lines of­fi­cial said a flight took off from Cairo and landed in Aden on Tues­day be­fore re­turn­ing to the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal. He said the flights would in­crease grad­u­ally over the com­ing days.


A Ye­meni youth takes part in a demon­stra­tion in Sanaa call­ing for the coali­tion’s block­ade to be lifted. —

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