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Offbeat Yemen: UN urges not to worsen "an already dire situation"

11:10  21 november  2020
11:10  21 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Yemen ’s economy, already fragile prior to the conflict, has been gravely affected. The Saudi-led coalition’s restrictions on imports have worsened the dire humanitarian situation . The UN -brokered peace talks between the Houthis and the Yemeni government in Sweden in December 2018 achieved

War-torn Yemen is in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen in decades “I urge all those with influence to act urgently on these issues to stave off catastrophe, and I also Malnutrition in Yemen worsened in 2020 due to factors including coronavirus pandemic, global economic downturn.

Un homme portant un sac d'aide alimentaire dans la région d'Hajjah au Yémen en juillet 2019. © AFP Photos / Essa Ahmed A man carrying a bag of food aid in the region of Hajjah in Yemen in July 2019.

While the United States is considering placing the Houthi rebels in Yemen on their list of "terrorist organizations", the UN has warned of the consequences of such a decision on the civilian population.

With our correspondent in New York, Carrie Nooten

The Trump administration will do everything it can until the end of its mandate to strike blows at Iran and its proxies. Among them, the Houthi rebels in Yemen. But in this case, if Washington were to put its threat to put the Houthi rebels on their list of "terrorist organizations" to be executed, it would certainly be the civilians who would pay the consequences, as it would make humanitarian aid deliveries much more complicated.

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Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades”, the UN “I urge all those with influence to act urgently on these issues to stave off catastrophe, and I also request that everyone avoids taking any action that could make the already dire situation even worse”, said Mr

A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition is measured at a treatment centre in Yemen 's northern Hajjah province on July, 5, 2020. In January, we will be forced to cut rations again if no funds arrive. This will be a catastrophe, which is why I urged the @ UN Security Council not to turn their backs on

Friday, Antonio Guterres asked, without naming them, the United States "not to rock the boat". "We must do everything to avoid the risk of a famine which is unlikely to have an equivalent in recent history, apart from perhaps the infamous famine in Ethiopia decades ago," urged the UN secretary general. In this very fragile situation of famine, and while we have hope on the side of the talks, we believe that a unilateral initiative would probably not be positive. "

" We risk a tragedy "

If the United States puts Yemeni rebels on their list, interact with Houthi officials, manage taxes, use the banking system, pay medical staff, buy food and oil, but also access internet could be hampered.

The UN is also concerned about the repercussions this decision would have on the progress of the talks currently under negotiation.

As reasons for an increased threat of famine, the UN chief evokes a “drastic reduction” in funding for aid coordinated by the UN compared to 2018 and 2019, the instability of the Yemeni rial and the obstacles posed by belligerents to aid workers on the ground. “I urge all those with influence to act urgently on these issues to avert disaster. Otherwise, we risk a tragedy not only in the immediate loss of life, but with consequences that will reverberate endlessly in the future, ”he warns.

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