United Nations warns fuel running out for Yemen hospitals

United Nations warns fuel running out for Yemen hospitals

Muprhy " s speech coincided with the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voting on Monday for a resolution declaring that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under previous legislation which has given the president power to combat terror overseas and invade Iraq in 2003. The location of these ports would require the crossing of conflict frontlines to reach the northern areas most heavily affected by food insecurity and cholera. This has left the country with critically low stocks of necessary goods, reducing capacity to cope under the current conditions.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Monday to draw attention to the "humanitarian nightmare" unfolding in Yemen - in part due to U.S. military assistance of the Saudi-led coalition laying seige to the country.

The UN says the closure of Hodeida port puts millions of civilians in the north at risk.

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An air raid by the Saudi-led military coalition put the Yemeni airport in the Houthi-controlled capital San'a out of service on Tuesday, jeopardizing relief shipments to a country on the brink of starvation, the state news agency SABA reported.

Sammad said that with the blockade, the coalition "shut down all doors for peace and dialogue".

"All members in the council were taken aback by the report by Mr Lowcock", Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog told reporters on Wednesday.

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While coalition announcements about the availability of two ports in southern Yemen are "helpful", the key need is access to the rebel-held Red Sea ports of Salif and Hodeida, which are now inaccessible to United Nations aid shipments. "Seven million people are already on the brink of starvation and the blockade will only bring them closer to it".

Humanitarian agencies had been successful in preventing starvation and tackling a cholera outbreak that has sickened more than 900,000 people in six months and killed over 2,200.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa, and restore the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

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The Houthi-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said in a statement the air strike "led to the total destruction of the VOR/DME radio navigation system, taking it offline and thus halting the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the United Nations and other worldwide organisations delivering humanitarian assistance". It calls on Saudi Arabia to not target school, hospitals or other targets on its no-strike list and to broadly improve targeting.

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