Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Yemen Army Targets Saudi Base with Ballistic Missile

Yemen Army Targets Saudi Base with Ballistic Missile

The United Nations on Sunday made what it described as a record appeal for aid to Yemen, calling for almost $3 billion in humanitarian relief for the crisis-plagued country.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), almost two million children are out of school, and 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished - including 400,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition and are 10 times more likely to die if they do not receive medical treatment.

The coalition has already pumped billions of dollars worth of aid into the country, yet the war has still cut food deliveries by more than half and pushed the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country to the edge of starvation with outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria.

"Humanitarian assistance is not the solution to the plight of the people of Yemen, but it is the only lifeline for millions of them", said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, in a news releasing announcing the launch.

Last week, the United Nations announced that the number of the Yemenis who are dependent on assistance has risen to 22.2 million.

An unnamed boy being treated at Khalifa hospital in Al-Turbah
An unnamed boy being treated at Khalifa hospital in Al-Turbah

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman wrote on Twitter that Germany "isn't taking any arms export decisions right now that aren't in line with the results of the preliminary talks", referring to coalition talks between Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD). Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and factories, has been reduced to rubble in military strikes.

Since 2015, the fighting has killed some 10,000 people and pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

The non-governmental charity organization Save the Children has warned that the number of deaths of Yemeni children over diphtheria will increase if the Saudi blockade on the country continues.

More than 11.3 million Yemenis "urgently require assistance to survive", United Nations aid agency OCHA said in a statement.

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