UN Security Council :Yemeni humanitarian crisis is heightened




Members of the United Nations Security Council met in New York on Thursday to address the political and humanitarian impediments in Yemen .

Member states wait to see if the Stockholm Agreement which was put together last December will eventually be implemented, the country’s humanitarian situation faces a downward spiral.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock laid out the priorities to mitigate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen: respect for international law, unhindered humanitarian access, a fully funded aid operation, support for Yemen’s economy and the need for a political solution.

Lowcock also expressed his concern about regulations delaying commercial fuel imports through Hodeidah. He added that the rise in the cost of food is also due to fuel shortage.

A UN correspondent who has covered the Yemen crisis says many Yemenis do not receive the aid they need.

With September being the deadliest month for civilians this year in Yemen, UN member states agreed that a breakthrough in peace talks is more urgent than ever before.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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