UN Relief Chief: Yemen famine could result in "millions of victims"
10.11.2017 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Millions could die within one of the worst famines ever, if air, sea and land access is not restored, to allow humanitarian aid into Yemen, UN Radio says referring to Mark Lowcock UN Relief Chief report (made this week after he had briefed the UN Security Council behind closed doors).
As to him, the closure of Yemen borders last weekend by the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels since 2015, would have a catastrophic impact, if not lifted soon.
It is to be admitted, Saudi Arabia ordered the blockade, following a missile attack on its capital, Riyadh, by Houthi forces, who are backed by Iran.
As to the report, if the blockade continues, the result will be a devastating famine.
"It will not be like the famine which cost 250,000 people their lives within Somalia within 2011. It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims, " he said.