More than 8 million Yemenis 'a step away from famine': UN

More than 8 million Yemenis 'a step away from famine': UN
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:03:50

The continuing blockade of ports is limiting supplies of fuel, food and medicines; dramatically increasing the number of vulnerable people who need help.

REUTERS -- Warring sides must let more aid get through to 8.4 million people who are "a step away from famine" in Yemen, a senior UN official said on Monday (Dec 11).

 

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen's civil war blockaded ports last month after a missile was fired towards Riyadh.

 

Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said the blockade has since been eased, but the situation remained dire.

 

"The continuing blockade of ports is limiting supplies of fuel, food and medicines; dramatically increasing the number of vulnerable people who need help," McGoldrick said in a statement.

 

"The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe water, food, shelter and nutrition support," he added.

 

That marked an increase from past UN estimates of around 8 million people on the brink of famine.

 

The United Nations says food shortages caused by the warring parties blocking supplies has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

 

The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than two million and triggered a cholera epidemic that has infected about one million people.

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