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Yemen conflict could push millions more to brink of famine, U.N. says

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By ITN News Editor October 17, 2018 12:37

Yemen conflict could push millions more to brink of famine, U.N. says

The number of Yemenis on the brink of famine in coming months could rise to 12 million – or two in five of the population – from around 8.5 million due to escalating war and a deepening economic crisis, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday (October 16).
Yemen has been torn apart by more than three years of civil war between the internationally recognised government, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and based in the south, and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north, including the capital Sanaa. The nation of some 30 million is the Arabian peninsula’s poorest.
World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Herve Verhoosel said as fighting intensifies, particularly around the main port city of Hodeida, and as the economic situation deteriorates, WFP fears that millions would succumb to severe hunger and disease.
The Saudi-led alliance, which is backed by Western countries led by Britain and the United States supplying weapons and intelligence, imposed a blockade on Hodeida for several weeks at the end of last year, saying it was to prevent Houthis from importing weapons.
All its air, land and sea ports were currently functioning, but fighting around Hodeida was preventing WFP workers from reaching its 51,000 tonnes of wheat stocks at the Red Sea mills facilities. The supply would be enough to feed 3.7 million people in northern and central Yemen for one month, Verhoosel said.
UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said 1.8 million children suffer from acute malnutrition in Yemen, 400,000 among whom are battling severe cases.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 17, 2018 12:37
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