U.N. Appeals for More Time to Bring Aid to Areas of Conflict in Yemen
By admin May 21, 2015

0,,18374229_303,00            After the end of a five-day truce, the U.N. appealed for more time to bring aid to areas of a conflict zone in Yemen. According to the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, only half of the supplies were delivered before Saudi strikes resumed on Sunday, therefore he stated that an “immediate humanitarian pause in this conflict” was desperately needed. Yemen has only been able to import one-tenth of the fuel it needs each month and more than 1,800 people have died so far in Yemen’s conflict. According to the World Health Organization, 643 people have been killed and 2,226 injured from the middle of March to the beginning of April. “The devastating conflict in Yemen takes place against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that was already one of the largest and most complex in the world,” a UN statement issued in Jordan said.

Millions of people are at risk of physical injury or death due to ongoing fighting on the ground and airstrikes. In addition, majorly diminishing health care services, safe water and food availability is putting people at risk. The situation in the southern port city of Aden is catastrophic due to “urban warfare” and “uncontrollable militias” according to U.N. officials.

The appeal was made after the International Committee of the Red Cross and a U.N. plane landed in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The Red Cross plane carried medical equipment, while the U.N. carried aid from UNICEF. Supplies are in dire need and can mean the difference between life and death for the children and families. The World Food Programme estimates that 12 million people are food insecure, a 13 percent increase since the end of 2014. Nine hundred Yemenis have already fled seeking refuge in the Horn of Africa. The President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled in March. The US, as well, has pulled out its personnel.

Saudi Arabia and eight other Sunni Arab countries have launched attacks against the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are thought to be backed by Iran and possibly Yemen’s former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the exiled Hadi government and the rebels to return peace talks and to abandon fighting. Similarly, the Pakistani parliament pushed for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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