In Yemen, a new report by the charity Save the Children estimates 85,000 children under the age of 5 have died from acute malnutrition brought on by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. The finding came as residents of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah said the last two days have seen the worst violence yet in a Saudi-led offensive aimed at seizing the city from Houthi rebels. Hodeidah resident Maged Ghaleb lost four daughters when a Saudi coalition airstrike hit their home over the weekend; a fifth daughter was on life support in a hospital whose medical staff has mostly fled for fear of their lives.
Maged Ghaleb: “You can look at my house. I don’t even have a quarter of a kilo of wheat left. So imagine how it is when these crimes happen. We’re already dying of hunger, then these airstrikes come and kill us and multiply our problems. We are calling on all the honorable people of the world, all people, from all religions, anyone who has a heart, to stop this bloodshed. We cannot take it. Yemenis and their children are being murdered in cold blood.”
Save the Children says food shipments through Hodeidah’s port have already been seriously curtailed by the fighting and that any further decline could lead directly to famine. The U.N. has called Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in a half-century, with some 14 million people now at risk of famine.