Saudi Blockade on Yemen may Result in Worst Famine in Decades

Hunger Crisis in Yemen 2017

Hunger Crisis in Yemen 2017

Yemeni men and security forces in Aden, Yemen, November 5, 2017.

In retaliation to Saudi-led coalition's announcement to shut down all Yemen ground, air and sea ports, the Houthi rebels said they could be deploying this newly launched anti-ship missile "very soon" targeting Saudi ships near the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

A number of houses were also reportedly damaged in the strike. There was no word of any casualties.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its Shi'Ite rival Iran a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

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The coalition tightened its blockade on Yemen after the missile was sacked.

Al-Hamini further pointed to the brutal attacks by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's defenseless people and said that Yemenis believe that "firing missile at the aggressors is their right".

"The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death", said humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations, working in Yemen in a joint statement Thursday.

The United Nations, along with dozens of other aid groups, are raising alarm at the blockade imposed on Yemen by the the USA -backed, Saudi-led coalition there, saying Thursday it could lead to "the largest starvation the world has seen for many decades".

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A Saudi-led, US -backed coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government has been at war with the rebels since March 2015.

The Huthis continue to control the capital Sanaa and much of Yemen's north.

"The continued closure of borders will only bring additional hardship and deprivation with deadly consequences to an entire population suffering from a conflict that it is not of their own making", they added. Medical experts also warn that the blockade will worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has affected nearly 1 million people.

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