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Heads Of 3 U.N. Agencies Plead For Saudi-Led Coalition To Open Yemeni Ports As Humanitarian Crisis Worsens

Associated Press: Save the Children says 130 children die every day in Yemen
“An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease. Save the Children said late on Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is likely to further increase the death rate. It says over 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017…” (11/16).

Associated Press: Red Cross: 1 million Yemenis at risk of cholera outbreak
“An international aid group says one million people in three Yemeni cities are at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases because of the closing of airports and sea ports by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels…” (11/17).

Reuters: U.N. pleads for end of Yemen blockade or ‘untold thousands’ will die
“The heads of three U.N. agencies urged the Saudi-led military coalition on Thursday to lift its blockade of Yemen, warning that ‘untold thousands’ would die if it stayed in place. … Yemen already has seven million people on the brink of famine, but without the reopening of all ports that number could grow by 3.2 million, the heads of the World Food Programme, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement…” (Nebehay/Miles, 11/16).

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