Saudi-led coalition prevents the access of foreign journalists into Yemen
As civilians of Yemen are being deprived of sending their message to the world to express their sufferings, the government recognized by the world, under orders from the Saudi-led coalition, prevented foreign journalists from entering Yemen, through Aden Saudi occupied province, which is the only way they can get inside since the Saudi coalition has imposed an overall siege on the country.
The government and the coalition did not disclose the reasons behind this order. However, observers of the situation stressed that the purpose is to cover up the humanitarian disasters caused by the government and the coalition where Millions of citizens are suffering from the Saudi-led war.
The Ministry of Information suspended the issuance of permits to foreign journalists who intend to visit Yemen in a move denounced by the international community and Yemenis who thirst for those who carry their suffering to the world.
The ministry apologized to a number of sources and informed them that the issuance of permits for foreign journalists had been suspended by orders given by the Saudi-led coalition.
Foreign journalists have been visiting Yemen through the Yemeni embassy in Egypt, in which they get their permits to enter the country through Aden.
It is worth to mention that the past 10 months have witnessed a significant increase in the number of journalists arriving in Yemen.
The measures mean preventing any foreign journalist from reaching Aden or any other Yemeni governorate, also attacking press freedom by preventing media outlets from sharing the sufferings of the Yemeni people to the world.
The Saudi-led coalition waged a military campaign against the impoverished state in March 2015, in which it killed and injured thousands of civilians, in addition in resulting epidemics, such as cholera, and starving millions.
according to a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi war on Yemen has claimed the lives of over 56,000 Yemenis. According to the UN, the country is on the brink of famine.
The country’s economy is in crisis and three-quarters of Yemen’s population, or 22 million people, require aid. Some 8.4 million are on the brink of starvation, though Lowcock has warned that will likely rise to 14 million.
It also called for an end to the violence, the bombing of civilians in Yemen and the provision of humanitarian aid throughout the country.
Moreover, the organizations demanded the stop of transferring and sailing arms to the countries participating in the Saudi war against Yemen, especially the UAE.