Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:26:17 AM
Yemen’s Food Supplies May Finish in 2 Months: Charity

Yemen has only enough food to sustain its population for two to three months, with millions of people at risk of complete starvation, a humanitarian group warns.

Current food supplies will be completely depleted just a couple months later should Yemen’s main port Hudaydah close amid a rise in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, CARE’s Yemen Director Johan Mooij calculated.

“Once the harbor is blocked, we are talking about millions and millions of people who will not have food,” Mooij told UK’s online newspaper The Independent.

Hudaydah’s port accounts for more than 70 percent of all imports, offering a vital lifeline of food, fuel and medical supplies.

Saudi Arabia has led a coalition blockade for the past three years. The last time the port was completely sealed off in November 2017 a further 3.2 million people were pushed into hunger.

More than 8 million people are on the verge of famine in Yemen, which the UN has described as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah movement, which plays a significant role in aiding the Yemeni army in defending the impoverished country against the invading coalition.

Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

Several Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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