Saudi Blockade on Yemen may Result in Worse Famine in Decades


The Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded also the Yemen's largest port, al-Hodeidah and killed and injured 16 fisherman in al-Bawadi region.

This is the latest in a series of airstrikes by the coalition since the war began more than two and a half years.

The Saudi-led coalition attacked the defense ministry building in the Yemeni capital last Saturday, after Saudi Arabia's air defense intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards the King Khalid Airport in Riyadh.

The long-term prospects are even worse, with northern Yemen having an estimated six weeks of food left, and United Nations officials warning that "millions" could be killed by starvation if the blockade continues past that point, causing one of the worst famines in generations.

The coalition had said it closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

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The Saudi-led coalition bombed the Houthi rebel-controlled Defence Ministry in Yemen's capital Sanaa, local media reported.

The United Nations, along with dozens of other aid groups, are raising alarm at the blockade imposed on Yemen by the the US -backed, Saudi-led coalition there, saying Thursday it could lead to "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades".

The war has led Yemen to the world's most humanitarian catastrophe with less than one million Yemenis hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and pushed the poor Arab country into the brink of mass starvation.

More than 2,000 Yemenis have died in a cholera outbreak now affecting almost one million people.