Jul 11, 2020 06:04 UTC
  • UN warns nearly 10 million people facing acute food shortages in Yemen

The United Nations has warned that almost 10 million Yemenis are facing acute food shortages in the impoverished Arab country, stressing that urgent action is needed to avert a famine there.

In a statement on Friday, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) said it in urgent need of $737 million to end of the current year to keep its humanitarian aid program running in the war-ravaged country.

The UN has already said that Yemen struggles with the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“The humanitarian situation is deteriorating at an alarming rate, pushing people to the edge,” said Elisabeth Byrs, the WFP spokeswoman in a virtual briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We must act now. If we wait for famine to be declared, it will already be too late as people will already be dying,” she stressed, adding that the famine warning signs were already present.

Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 to restore power to its former regime and crush the popular Ansarullah movement, whose fighters have been of significant help to the Yemeni army in defending the country against the invaders.

The ongoing war has martyred tens of thousands of Yemenis and pushed the entire country close to the brink of famine. The brutal military intervention has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.