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Taking the life out of Yemen 


The US-supported bombing of Yemen has left 1.4 billion people without food while 300,000 have fled their towns.

The Yemeni Minister of Communication, Nadia al Saqaf, has said that Yemen will need at least $1 billion dollars in aid over the next six months to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the aerial bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

“The humanitarian situation is much deteriorated by the lack of sanitation and shortages of electricity, water and security, and Yemen needs millions of dollars to meet those needs,” Al Saqaf said on the sidelines of a meeting in Doha, where she studies the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

The minister stressed three fundamental needs: food and water, hospitals and fuel.

“If fuel is not supplied in the next two weeks, humanitarian operations will stop to a halt,” said Al Saqaf.

The head of the Yemeni government also stressed that the provinces of Aden, Al Dalia, Lahech and Taiz, all in the south, lack the basic conditions for life.

Other 19 provinces of the total of 29 are the scene of armed conflict, she added.

The minister set at 1,400,000 people the total of Yemenis suffering from food insecurity as a result of the western-sponsored bombings, which have been added to the 10 million people who already live in that situation.

She also said that 300,000 people fled their cities because of the new wave of bombings and clashes, which are added to other 350,000 displaced people who were forced to leave their homes during previous wars.

On 21 April, the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, reported that it had officially ended its military campaign, which consisted of bombing for nearly a month against alleged rebel Houthi positions in Yemen.

That same day, the alliance of Arab nations announced a new operation which began a day later, and which allegedly aims to rebuild Yemen. However, all that the Yemeni people have seen ever since the start of the aerial bombings has been destruction, not rebuilding.

The Arab coalition has continued to bombard certain areas of the country, including populated areas and basic infrastructure, where its leadership says Shiite militiamen are present. The bombings are taking place while fighting continues between rival militia factions in southern provinces.

Humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross have repeatedly denounced the major humanitarian needs that this new conflict has added to the already difficult situation in the poorest country of the Arabian peninsula.

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About the author: Luis R. Miranda

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder & editor of The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 23 years in every form of news media. He writes about environmentalism, education, technology, science, health, immigration and other current affairs. Luis has worked as on-air talent, news reporter, television producer, and news writer.

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