Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

United Nations agency urges open access for aid to Yemen

United Nations agency urges open access for aid to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen attacked Sanaa International Airport and an adjoining airbase which were being used by Houthi insurgents to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks, the coalition spokesman told al-Ekhbaria TV on Friday.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three-and-a-half years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far. Since then, a Saudi-led, USA -backed coalition supporting the largely exiled government has blockaded the rebel-held north and waged a devastating air campaign, causing thousands of deaths.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday pleaded for a halt to violence to pull Yemen back from the "precipice".

The blockage of aid shipments has threatened starvation in Yemen, warned the United Nations, as fighting between the Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Houthi rebels, reportedly backed by Iran, continues.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced 3 million others, according to United Nations aid agencies.

The United Nations recently called on belligerents to sit at the negotiating table within a month, after unsuccessfully trying in September to hold peace talks in Geneva. He also said airstrikes by the Arab coalition, backed by the US, "must cease in all populated areas in Yemen".

On Wednesday, the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of five were facing acute malnutrition, and 400,000 were affected by severe acute malnutrition.

According to local residents, non-stop explosions are still rocking the main entrances of Hodeidah amid intensified airstrikes by Saudi-led warplanes against Houthi-controlled sites.

Hodeida port is the entry point for more than 70 per cent of imports into the impoverished country, which is teetering on the edge of starvation.

The conflict in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country and home to an estimated 28 million people, began with the 2014 takeover of the capital, Sanaa, by Houthi rebels, who toppled the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The ongoing fighting between the two warring rivals, along with daily Saudi-led airstrikes, left scores of casualties.

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