In Yemen crisis UN Makes Record Aid Appeal
A United Nations conference in Geneva is expecting to raise $4.2bn (£3.2bn) to finance humanitarian operations in Yemen, where a civil war has left the nation on the verge of famine. It is considered as the biggest single nation appeal ever made by the UN, which intends to assist 19 million people.
As predicted around 240,000 Yemeni people are facing destructive levels of hunger.
In the meantime, the UN’s Yemen envoy stated aid workers could very soon get entry to a key granary near the port city of Hodeidah.
Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council that government forces and Houthi militia could start to pullout from around the city as part of an accord reached in December which is yet to be enforced.
Hodeidah, which has been managed by the Houthi rebels since 2014, is the main lifeline for two-thirds of Yemen’s population. Up to 80% of the humanitarian aid, fuel and commercial goods on which the population depends are delivered via the port.
Even though the city has been calm over the recent weeks, fighting has been ongoing in other parts of the nation, affecting the distribution of aid, as per the UN sources.
Yemen, afflicted by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, has been destroyed by a battle that increased in early 2015, when the Houthis forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee overseas.
Frightened by the rise of a group that they saw as an Iranian proxy, Saudi Arabia and eight other Arab states mediated in an endeavour to reinstate the government.
At least 7,000 civilians have been killed and 11,100 injured in the battle, according to the United Nations. Over thousands have died from preventable causes, which includes malnutrition and diseases.