UN warns millions at risk in Yemen, urges coalition
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. —