Geneva – The blockade of Yemen must end to allow in desperately needed aid supplies, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday, after the Saudi-led alliance fighting the Houthi rebels closed all Yemeni harbours and airports.
According to spokesman of the UN emergency aid agency OCHA Jens Laerke, it is absolutely urgent, between 80 and 90 per cent of food imports are coming in through these ports, and these channels are lifelines.
“It is catastrophic for people.
“Yemen represents the world’s worst food crisis, as seven million people are suffering under famine-like conditions and completely rely on food aid.
“The blockade has already started affecting people as fuel prices have jumped 60 per cent, while the prices for cooking gas have doubled,’’ Laerke said.