As Crisis In Yemen Worsens, U.N. Evacuates Staff, President Trump Urges Saudi Arabia To Allow Food, Medicine Into Country

Devex: U.N. evacuates staff as Yemen crisis worsens, threatens women, girls
“The United Nations Population Fund has evacuated part of its team from Yemen, in another sign of the country’s worsening humanitarian crisis…” (Lieberman, 12/7).

New York Times: Trump Urges Saudi Arabia to End Blockade of Goods Into Yemen
“President Trump pressed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to fully end its blockade of food, water, medicine, and fuel into Yemen, a rare humanitarian rebuke to the Middle East ally that he has firmly embraced since taking office…” (Shear/Hubbard, 12/6).

Washington Post: Trump calls on Saudi Arabia to allow food, other aid to reach Yemen
“President Trump on Wednesday called on Saudi Arabia to allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the people of Yemen, in a statement that reflected the growing alarm of relief agencies and amounted to an unusually harsh public scolding of one of his administration’s closest allies. … The conflict has created a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Food, medicine, and fuel are scarce and too expensive for most to afford. Drinking water is hard to come by. More than 10,000 people have been killed and two million displaced, and seven million are totally reliant on humanitarian aid. Without that aid, a famine would immediately break out, international observers say. This week’s fighting resulted in the disruption of emergency services in Sanaa…” (Bearak, 12/6).

VOA News: Trump Urges Saudis to Immediately Allow Aid Supplies Into Yemen
“…In a short statement Wednesday, Trump said, ‘This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately,’ saying the Yemeni people ‘desperately need it’…” (12/6).

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