U.N., Red Cross Urge Reopening Of Yemen’s Borders To Allow Humanitarian, Medical Aid Deliveries

The Guardian: Closure of Yemen’s borders to aid deliveries is ‘catastrophic,’ U.N. warns
“Humanitarian groups and the U.N. have urged the Saudi-led coalition to reopen aid channels into Yemen, after a decision to seal the stricken country’s air, sea, and land borders…” (McVeigh, 11/7).

Reuters: U.N., Red Cross urge Saudi-led coalition to re-open aid lifeline to Yemen
“…It is estimatd that seven million people are facing famine there. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Monday it would close all air, land, and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms from Iran…” (Nebehay, 11/7).

U.N. News Centre: ‘Catastrophic’ humanitarian blockade in Yemen putting millions at risk, U.N. warns
“… ‘Humanitarian operations are being blocked as a result of the closure ordered by the Saudi-led coalition,’ Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters … He [said] the current situation in Yemen is ‘catastrophic’…” (11/7).

Washington Post: A new Saudi blockade could worsen Yemen’s cholera crisis
“The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday it was unable to get clearance to ship chlorine tablets used to prevent cholera from Saudi Arabia into Yemen, where a massive outbreak of the disease has affected more than 900,000 people. … A spokeswoman for the Red Cross, Iolanda Jaquemet, said the shipment of chlorine tablets, while not huge, ‘was critical,’ given the scale of the cholera outbreak. She also expressed concern about a shipment of 50,000 vials of insulin for treating diabetes that were being shipped to the southern Yemeni port of Aden and due to arrive next week…” (Fahim/Loveluck, 11/7).