Friday, November 24, 2017

Yemen - When will it end?

The Saudi military alliance announced on Wednesday a partial lifting of the blockade on Yemen. Aid agencies say it is yet to happen.
"We have not yet had any movement as of now," said Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance.

Jan Egeland, a former U.N. aid chief who now heads the Norwegian Refugee Council, said of the blockade: "In my view this is illegal collective punishment."

"Sending a missile in the direction of Riyadh is really very bad. But those who are suffering from the blockade had nothing to do with this missile," Egeland told reporters. "Even if both the flights and humanitarian shipments will go through now, it is not solving the underlying crisis that a country that needs 90 percent of its goods imported is not getting in commercial food or fuel."

"Yemenis will need more than aid in order to survive the crisis and ward off famine." The International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman, Iolanda Jaquemet, said.

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