Yemen people's suffering relentlessly intensified: United Nations official

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

"It is simply wrong to insist these cargoes go to Aden, not Hodeidah", O'Brien told the U.N. Security Council, appealing for countries to back a U.N. mechanism that started inspecting commercial shipments to rebel-held ports in May a year ago.

In Yemen, 50% of the victims children are the result of the arab Coalition led by saudi Arabia, says the document.

The "vicious and brutal" war between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Iran-allied Houthi rebels is frequently conducted with complete disregard for worldwide humanitarian law, Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council at a briefing in NY. The Houthi movement denies the allegations.

The airport is held by the rebel Houthi fighters who also control the rest of the capital, but airspace over Yemen is dominated by the rival Saudi-led Arab coalition, which is helping the Yemeni government fight the Iran-linked Shiite rebels.

UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the Council via videolink that Yemen today continues to traverse a critical and agonizing period as civilians pay a awful price of an unending power struggle, adding that those who survive the fighting face death by starvation or disease as the economic situation continues to deteriorate and the humanitarian conditions worsen.

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The number of air strikes on Yemen in the first half of 2017 has already exceeded the total for 12 months past year, according to a United Nations report released Monday. Sanaa and Hodeidah best serve the north, not Aden.

The number of cholera cases in the war-torn country has now surpassed half a million, the World Health Organization said Monday.

"Those who survived cholera will continue to suffer the consequences of "political cholera" that infects Yemen and continues to obstruct the road towards peace", added Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

The Saudi coalition was included on that blacklist in 2016, at least originally, though after Saudi Arabia demanded changes, on the grounds that the United Nations had endorsed their 2015 invasion, the United Nations quietly removed them from the blacklist.

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