The bombing has been more or less continuous, with multiple ceasefire agreements and so-called humanitarian pauses breached nearly as soon as they were announced. With only 16 per cent of the agency’s funding appeal of $182.6 million met so far, Yemen is one of the most under-funded of the different emergencies UNICEF is responding to around the world.
Ertharin Cousin, the WFP director who was in Yemen for three days, was speaking in Cairo on Wednesday, a day after a Saudi-led alliance bombed the port of Hodeida, the main access point for aid to the north of the country, putting it out of action.
A number of civilians also died in rebel shelling in Taiz.
However, Rima Kamal, spokesperson for the global Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen told CM that the ICRC has been informed by the local port authority that two out of nine piers are damaged while the rest are still capable of being operational.
Almost 400 children have been killed and more than 600 others injured in the past four months, according to UNICEF.
“We’re not able to confirm if the port was used as a military installation”.
“Those who survived the bombings are searching through the rubble with their bare hands in the hope of finding survivors, as well as the bodies of victims of the attack,” a news release from Doctors Without Borders said.
“Working after hours, they had brought their children with them”. “There was no fighting around here and there were no Houthis, just some unlucky people“.
But fighting rages on across much of the country, and world powers have voiced particular concern this week over Saudi-led air strikes and shelling in the western port city of Hodeida.
The proposal, dated Thursday, calls for the Houthi rebels and allied troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately implement a United Nations Security Council resolution which demands an end to violence and a swift return to U.N.-led peace talks.
Backed by Saudi-led air strikes and support from a mainly Arab military coalition, loyalists in Yemen have made sweeping recent advances in the south against rebel fighters.
“The firepower with which this war is fought on the ground and in the air is causing more suffering than in other societies which are stronger and where infrastructures are better off and people are wealthier and have reserves and can escape”, Peter Maurer told the Associated Press.
Moreover, Yemen has been steadily turning into a proxy war, with Saudi Arabia taking the government’s side and accusing Shiite Iran of siding with the Houthis.
For the Gulf Arabs, bristling at Iran’s role in sectarian wars rocking Syria and Iraq, the gains in Yemen prove they can seize their collective destiny from their arch-rival, even as their ally the United States has reached a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic last month.
The US carried out a drone missile attack on August 12, killing 5 alleged AQAP members driving on the highway from Mukalla to the nearby city of Rukob.