Saudi Blockade on Yemen may Result in Worst Famine in Decades

Violet Powell
November 13, 2017

At least three civilians were reportedly injured in Saudi-led air strikes, which hit Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday.

The bloc closed all of Yemen's main air and sea ports on Monday, a move it said was aimed at stopping the flow of arms to Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Despite the reopening of Wadea, however, and the allowing of limited ships into southern Aden port, United Nations officials say that the Saudi-led coalition is still blocking all of their aid deliveries into the country, continuing the siege.

Flights by national carrier Yemenia to the pro-Saudi government-held cities of Aden and Seiyun would resume on Sunday, Yemeni Transport Minister Mourad al-Halimi said.

The coalition continues to block traffic at the main airport in the rebel-held capital Sana'a.

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The United Nations had warned that a total blockade could cause a starvation that could kill millions in Yemen, where 2-1/2 years of war has killed at least 10,000 people and unleashed starvation and disease in the already impoverished country.

It urged in a statement that humanitarian aid be allowed to enter the country immediately, as Yemen has registered one of the highest rates in postpartum deaths.

Aid groups say 17 million people of Yemen's 27 million population suffer from food insecurity.

Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

On Sunday, the head of the Houthi supreme revolutionary committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, wrote on his Facebook page that the Houthis would target oil installations in Saudi Arabia with missiles if the coalition attacked Hodeidah.

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