UN: Yemen Faces ‘Total Collapse’ From Saudi Arabia’s War

In this Tuesday, March 22, 2016 photo, infant Udai Faisal, who is suffering from acute malnutrition, is hospitalized at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Udai died on March 24. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen’s conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade a year ago. (AP Photo/Maad al-Zikry)

In this March, 2016 photo, Udai Faisal, who is suffering from acute malnutrition, is hospitalized in Sanaa, Yemen. Udai died on March 24th. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen’s conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade. (AP/Maad al-Zikry)

A new report from UN humanitarian officials is warning that the humanitarian situation in Yemen is getting even worse, saying it is no longer correct to say that “crisis is coming,” but time to recognize that the crisis in Yemen has already arrived, with mounting starvation, war casualties, and an outbreak of cholera.

Yemen was already the Middle East’s poorest nation in 2014, when Saudi Arabia attacked the country, intending to reinstall their former president.

Mostly desert, Yemen imports over 90% of its food from abroad, which made the Saudi naval blockade of their coast particularly devastating.

The war has lasted far longer than the Saudis expected, and heavy airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians.

UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould-Cheikh Ahmed was particularly quick to fault the main combatant factions for their unwillingness to enter into peace talks.

“Yemenis are paying a price for their needless delay,”  Ahmed noted. The Shi’ite Houthis have backed talks in the past, but the Saudi-backed factions have rejected proposals for a compromise out of hand, and so far the Saudis have not pushed the matter publicly, simply allowing the war to rage on with no end in sight.


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