Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Yemeni Activists Angered by Western Pressure Halting Liberation of Hodeidah City

Yemeni Activists Angered by Western Pressure Halting Liberation of Hodeidah City

In the past few weeks the USA has taken a more active stance on Yemen, calling for a 30-day ceasefire and signalling its displeasure at Saudi efforts to end the three-year civil war by defeating the Iranian-backed Houthis rebels, including by seizing the strategic port of Hodeidah through which up to 80% of aid flows.

"He said 'every day about 50 children are brought to us".

Britain, which oversees the Yemen file in the Security Council, said it would present a draft resolution with this package of requests on Monday to the council for its consideration.

"Yemen is on the brink - so together we must act", Beasley said. "The war has taken its toll over four years, but the economic crisis will accelerate that damage in just a matter of months".

Civilians in Hodeidah are facing a military onslaught unless the UN Security Council acts this evening to press the warring parties in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure full humanitarian access, Amnesty International said.

Martin Griffiths, the special envoy of the secretary-general for Yemen, told the Security Council "we are close to resolving the preparatory issues to make this happen".

The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of the capital of Sanaa by the Houthis, which overthrew Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Yemen's riyal has lost more than half its value against the United States dollar since the start of the war.

"I believe that because of what I saw and heard this week children are already dying", he said.

Turkey alleges the Saudis were responsible for his death and the USA announced Thursday it was imposing punitive sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who it said were responsible for or complicit in the killing.

Lowcock said United Nations sources had observed almost 800 separate incidents of shelling, armed clashes or airstrikes since 30 October, including an attack on a bus carrying civilians away from Hodeidah on Tuesday which killed seven people.

"It was just like tickling a ghost", Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, told reporters in NY on Friday after returning from a three-day visit to the war-torn, impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

He told Sky News he secured an agreement for a delegation of Houthis to attend a meeting in Sweden without fear of being prevented from returning to Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition waging war of aggression against the people of Yemen.

Thousands of civilians are at grave risk from both sides' use of indirect explosive weapons such as mortars and artillery, said Amnesty.

Beasley said the price of basic food staples in Yemen had doubled in the past eight months, even as household incomes shrunk.

The country's economy is in crisis and three-quarters of Yemen's population, or 22 million people, require aid.

"You can not solve the humanitarian crisis in Yemen today with humanitarian response alone". "It remains urgent for the parties to agree a cessation of hostilities".

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