Almost a third of Yemenis on verge of starvation because of the blockade of the coalition, said in the UN

© Fotolia / robnawЙемен. Archival photoAlmost a third of Yemenis on verge of starvation because of the blockade of the coalition, said in the UN© Fotolia / robnaw

Step away from starvation because of the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition is almost a third of Yemen’s population. This was announced by Deputy spokesman of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq.

According to the coordinator of the humanitarian programs of the UN in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, «continued the blockade of the ports limits the supply of fuel, food and medicine».

«The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis, who are one step away from starvation are dependent on being able to continue humanitarian operations and to provide food, drinking water, medical care and shelter,» said hack.

Earlier, representatives of the world food programme (WFP) said that about 7 million people in Yemen entirely dependent on humanitarian food supplies, hunger affects nearly 400 thousand children.

According to the office for the coordination of humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) «a limited number of commercial sales was held in Yemen after the easing of the blockade», but compared to the previous month, imports decreased by 22 percent, and the supply of fuel by 44%. «About 30 million Yemenis depend on supplies of food and fuel through ports in Hodeidah and Salif», — stated in the message of the UN office.

Earlier, the Arab coalition participating in the Yemeni civil war on the side of the authorities, announced the closure of all land, air and sea harbors in Yemen after the Houthis launch a ballistic missile in the direction of Riyadh. The blockade was partially lifted, but the UN has already stated that this is not enough.

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