Aid Workers, Vaccines Arrive In Yemen After Loosening Of Port Blockades; Aid Organizations Warn More Action Needed To Prevent Famine

Associated Press: UNICEF: Vaccines cargo to blockaded Yemen can’t be one-off
“The U.N. child agency said Sunday that it has flown 1.9 million doses of vaccines to war-torn Yemen, its first aid delivery since a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels tightened a sea and air blockade earlier this month. Regional UNICEF Director Geert Cappelaere described Saturday’s shipment as a ‘very small step’ at a time of immense need and warned that it must not be a one-off…” (Laub, 11/26).

CNN: Vaccines and aid workers arrive in Yemen after blockade
“…Passenger planes carrying aid workers and around 1.9 million vaccine doses — enough for 600,000 children — landed in Sanaa, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) spokeswoman Abeer Etefa said. Three types of vaccines were sent to protect against at least eight deadly diseases, including whooping cough, tetanus, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pneumonia, and meningitis…” (Hutcherson et al., 11/26).

The Guardian: British risk complicity in Yemen ‘famine crime,’ says Alex de Waal
“Britain is in danger of becoming complicit in the use of starvation as a weapon of war in Yemen, academic and author Alex de Waal has said. ‘The U.K. and the U.S., and others on the [U.N.] Security Council risk becoming accessories to the worst famine crime of this decade,’ said De Waal…” (Lamble, 11/23).

New York Times: Yemen’s War Is a Tragedy. Is It Also a Crime?
“…United Nations experts have warned that some of the actions carried out by the warring parties — the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels — could amount to crimes against humanity because of their systematic and widespread execution. … Which aspects of the war could amount to crimes against humanity? And what, if anything, can be done to hold the perpetrators accountable?…” (Specia, 11/22).

New York Times: As Aid Arrives in Yemen, U.N. Warns It Must Not Be a ‘One-Off’
“…The Saudi-led coalition began the blockade of sea, air, and land ports on Nov. 6 after it said a missile fired by Houthi rebels from within Yemen was intercepted near Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The blockade was later loosened, but until this weekend had kept key Houthi-held ports sealed. The Saudi coalition has been fighting the rebel group since 2015…” (Specia, 11/26).

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia just reopened two key ports in Yemen. That won’t prevent a famine.
“…[A]id groups alone simply can’t get enough food, water, and medicine into Yemen fast enough to feed and help the millions of people who need it. To stem a famine, USAID says, Yemen needs ‘large-scale imports of essential goods.’ That means commercial shipments, not just supplies from the United Nations, which must go through rigorous inspections that slow delivery…” (Erickson, 11/22).

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