Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

United Nations says over 7mn Yemeni children face 'serious' starvation threat

United Nations says over 7mn Yemeni children face 'serious' starvation threat

Thirteen pro-government troops were killed, medical sources in Aden and Mokha - where the fighters were transported - told AFP.

Almost three quarters of the country's imports flow through Hodeida, from where they are transported by land to areas further north.

Geert Cappelaere told The Associated Press in an interview from Yemen that recent USA calls for a cease-fire are imperative to ending the almost four-year war, which pits a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-aligned rebels known as Houthis.

Sanaa was mostly hit with airstrikes, while locals reported heavy clashes around Hodeidah, a vital port city that Saudi forces have been massing around all week.

"Yemen is today a hell on earth, not for 50% to 60% of the children, this is a hell on earth for every boy and girl in Yemen", said the director of Unicef for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, during a press conference in Amman. The war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation in the Arab world's poorest country.

The secretary-general of the united Nations, Antonio Guterres had also called Friday to the end of the "violence" in order to avoid that the country does not fall into a "precipice".

According to the World Health Organization, almost 10,000 people have since been killed.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), appealed for an immediate ceasefire.

"As an worldwide community we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen", she said in a statement Sunday. The conflict is seen as a proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran.

Addressing reporters at the world body's headquarters in NY on Friday, the secretary-general said the warring parties must seize on the "opportunity for peace" presented by UN-brokered talks scheduled to be held in Sweden later this month.

Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) said that at least 56,000 people have died in the Yemen war, a figure much higher than the 10,000 figure given by most news agencies.

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi vowed on Sunday that the operation to liberate the northern province of Saada until the capital, Sanaa, is liberated form the clutches of the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

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