April 26, 2018

U.S. welcomes Saudi-led coalition's move to keep Yemen port open

25 December 2017, 01:57 | Darrell Baldwin

U.S. welcomes Saudi-led coalition's move to keep Yemen port open

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Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arabian Peninsula, is caught in the middle of a proxy war between the Iran-allied Houthi armed movement and the USA -supported military coalition that is led by Saudi Arabia.

A new wave of cholera is expected in March or April.

In turn, the United Nations noted that the situation in Yemen is one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world.

The ICRC said on Wednesday said there were one million suspected cases.

"It's probably unavoidable. We need to be ready to face another big epidemic", said Mr Poncin, adding that cholera may become a long-term burden as it has in Haiti.

The war-torn Arab country has also been suffering from a severe diphtheria outbreak since October.

Malnourished children are also at increased risk of dying from infectious diseases.

Another problem is the appearance of diphtheria, which is a disease that has not been seen in the country for the past 25 years but has now infected 312 people and took the lives of 35.

The ICRC spokesman added that Yemen's health sector is operating at less than 50 percent of its capacity and said patients attend health centers mainly because of malnutrition and different complications caused by a Saudi blockade. The cholera outbreak has wiped out the wreckage of what once the Yemeni healthcare system.

Ambassador to Riyadh Adnan Alonto reported on Tuesday the successful interception by Saudi authorities of a ballistic missile launched from Yemen that targeted a populated area in Riyadh.

The war has also displaced millions of Yemenis and the country is nearly completely under total blockade by Saudi Arabia.

"The coalition leadership announces the port of Hodeida will remain open for humanitarian and relief supplies and the entry of commercial vessels, including fuel and food vessels, for a period of 30 days", said the statement, carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The Saudi-led military coalition has intensified military air campaign against Houthi positions in and around Houthis-held capital Sanaa and other northern provinces since Houthis killed former President Ali Abdullah Saleh on December 4.

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