UN Agencies Voice Concern Over Humanitarian Impact Of Yemen Blockade

Tarikh kemaskini: 11/11/2017

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Several UN agencies have expressed grave concern over the impact of the land, sea and air blockade imposed by the Saudi-led military coalition on Yemen, China's Xinhua news agency reported the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general saying on Friday.

The representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, Meritxell Relano, said the blockade that prevents the movement of aid personnel and the delivery of vital assistance to children in desperate need has worsened what was already a catastrophic situation.

It is essential that the Red Sea port of Hudaydah, the lifeline for humanitarian supplies, be reopened, said the UNICEF representative.

The blockade was also preventing vaccines from reaching Yemen, leaving at least one million children under the age of one more exposed to diseases such as polio and measles. Current stocks are expected to run out within a month, said Relano.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid.....