Fuel running out for Yemen hospitals, United Nations warns

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Fuel running out for Yemen hospitals, United Nations warns

Save the Children said late on Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels is likely to further increase the death rate.

Hedile noted the first flight carrying 218 passengers took off today.

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced on November 5 that it was closing all points of entry to Yemen after Houthi rebels launched an Iran-manufactured ballistic missile from Yemen to Riyadh. It said Monday the coalition would lift the blockade after widespread global criticism.

Saudi Arabia announced it shut down all ports after a Houthi ballistic missile attack near Riyadh's worldwide airport.

On Thursday, the heads of the World Food Program (WFP), UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, urgently called for the immediate lifting of the blockade in Yemen to respond to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

"The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families".

But northern Yemen, where basic medicine like insulin and cancer drugs have wholly run out, and food supplies are dwindling down to their last few weeks before outright mass starvation, will remain closed. Yemen was the Arab world's poorest country even before the conflict began.

McGoldrick was speaking to reporters in Geneva by phone from Amman, because he said flights into Sanaa were blocked.

"We have some 21 million people needing assistance and seven million of those are in famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid", United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said.

Guterres called on the coalition to enable the resumption of United Nations humanitarian flights to Sanaa and Aden airports, and the re-opening of Hodaydah and Saleef seaports so that fuel, food and medical supplies can enter Yemen, said the spokesman.

The fiery comments by Saleh al-Sammad, the head of the Presidency Council of the Houthis, came during a rally of thousands of rebel supporters marching down a main boulevard in the capital, Sanaa.

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