Save the Children charity warned that another one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, reaching a total of 5.2 million. Food insecurity is due to rising prices of food and falling value of the Yemeni currency. Further threat comes from fighting surrounding the key port of Hudaydah, an entry point for aid.
Following an airstrike that killed 44 children, lawmakers increased pressure on the Trump administration to adjust US support for the war in Yemen. The US has conducted aerial refueling of Persian Gulf planes and provided some intelligence support. Critics say involvement has exposed the US government to claims of responsibility for thousands of civilian deaths.
Dozens of people including at least 29 children were killed on Thursday when an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in northern Yemen. The US-backed coalition called the attack a ‘legitimate military operation.’ The International Committee of the Red Cross commented that ‘under the international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict.’
The world’s most severe humanitarian disaster worsened on Wednesday when delivery of supplies to millions of Yemenis was disrupted by an attack on Yemen’s main Red Sea port by a Saudi-Arabia led military coalition. The attack was aimed at dislodging the Iranian-allied rebel group, the Houthis, and 22 Houthi rebels were killed in the attack.
On Thursday, tens of thousands of supporters for former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, rallied in the capital to show solidarity and political strength as friction grows from rebel forces trying to take over the nation. Local reports at the rally quote 300,000 people in attendance, with many of the chanting Saleh’s name.
Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed, Monday, by Houthi rebel fighters, amid escalating violence. His death comes just days after he turned his back on former allies, calling them ‘coup militia.’ Saleh’s death marks a significant point in Yemen’s conflict, turning Saleh loyalists against Houthi rebels. This fracture further complicates attempts to end conflicts in the country.
The United Nations cautioned Wednesday if humanitarian aid is not allowed, Yemen will face ‘the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.’ Saudi Arabian led military blocked routes into Yemen to prevent Iran from sending weapons to Houthi rebels. Two UN Yemen-bound humanitarian aid flights were denied clearance Monday.