Millions of children face starvation in Yemen warns United Nations – BBC News
UNICEF calls for the protection of children in civil war-torn Yemen
Aid organizations consider it important to ensure a safe exit of residents from the densely populated city of Hodeidah
International Aid Calls For Safe Exit To Residents Of Yemeni Port City Trapped Between Warring Government Troops And Iran-Backed Rebels.
The nongovernmental organization Save the Children says one of its medical clinics has been damaged as a result of fighting in the densely populated city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast..
One of the largest hospitals in the city with a population of about 600,000 is “a few meters from the active front line,” said a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross..
Representatives of UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières have also expressed concern that the fighting has come too close to civilian areas, hampering their humanitarian efforts..
The poorest country in the Arab world, Yemen is frazzled by bitter internal conflict since the 2015 Saudi-led coalition joined forces with the government to fight the Houthi rebels, an armed movement made up of predominantly Shia Muslims and some Sunnis..
Regime forces have ended Houthi control over a strip of coastal cities, but rebels still control Hodeidah and Sana’a, Yemen’s largest city and capital.
The vast majority of humanitarian supplies, as well as imported food and fuel, pass through the port of Hodeidah, making it a critical point in the conflict.
The country’s population has suffered huge losses over the years of violent clashes. UN estimates 14 million Yemenis, half of the country’s population, are on the verge of starvation.
UNICEF claims that 30,000 children die each year due to malnutrition, and 400,000 children under the age of five now face the same fate. Malnutrition, which was one of the highest in the world before the conflict, has risen even more.
The UN calls the conflict the most serious humanitarian and security crisis in the world.
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