Yemen: Dire Warnings of Famine Amid Saudi-Led Assault on Port City

HeadlineNov 07, 2018

In Yemen, troops with the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition are fighting pitched battles with Houthi rebels for control of the port city of Hodeidah. Residents say Saudi warplanes have dropped more than 100 bombs on civilian neighborhoods over the past few days. The fighting came as the head of the U.N.’s World Food Program said Yemen remains the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Herve Verhoosel: “We call that 'pre-famine' for the moment. The situation is clearly dramatic. You know that WFP is feeding between 6 and 8 million people every month. Six to 8 million people—the number is amazing. I mean, if that’s technically a famine today or not, that doesn’t change anything to the gravity of the situation. That is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. That is the worst food security crisis in the world. Some things must be done.”

The Trump administration continues to support the Saudi-led coalition with weapons sales, intelligence sharing and midair-refueling missions for Saudi coalition bombers.

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