Saudi blockade threatens the lives of 150,000 Yemeni children


November 17th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– – – translated by Samer Hussein –

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sent a letter to the Saudi regime’s permanent representative to the United Nations, urging him to allow for reopening of all Yemen’s airports and ports before sending any coordination team as previously requested by Saudi Arabia. 

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP) issued a joint statement, saying that hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians, children including, will i die if they do not receive the necessary humanitarian aid. 

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The statement noted that at least 150,00 Yemeni children suffering from the lack of nutrition may die in the coming months, warning of the outbreak of diphtheria, while also revealing that the Saudi-led coalition prevents the United Nations from delivering the necessary vaccines.

Earlier, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was considering whether the Saudi-led’s decision to close the Yemeni airports and seaports was an illegal form of collective punishment as it prevents Yemeni civilians to receive aid and called to keep all borders open to allow delivery of food, health and medical supplies.

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