Millions of People May Die If Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Allow Aid to Enter Yemen Immediately

Source: Time

By Casey Quackenbush

2:46 AM EST

A humanitarian crisis is rapidly deepening in Yemen, where millions of aid-reliant people have been cut off from assistance since Saudi Arabia closed the country’s ports on Nov. 5. Riyadh eased the blockade slightly following international outrage, but humanitarian officials say it’s not enough. Three UN agencies warned Thursday that “the lives of millions” were at risk if aid is not immediately let in. According to Save the Children, 130 children are dying every day.

“Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” reads a joint statement from the heads of the World Food Program, Unicef and the World Health Organization. “The supplies, which include medicines, vaccines and food, are essential to staving off disease and starvation. Without them, untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die.”

More than 20 million people, including 11 million children, are in urgent need of humanitarian supplies that are currently blocked from entering Yemen. Riyadh froze the border in retaliation to an intercepted ballistic missile near the capital, allegedly fired by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group. Saudi Arabia accused Iran, its long-time regional rival, of supplying weapons to group, and sealed all entry via land, air, and sea to stem suspected arms smuggling. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the launch a “direct military aggression” that could be “considered an act of war.”

The “catastrophic” Saudi blockade prompted international outcry, as 7 million people in war-torn Yemen rely completely on imported food. Saudi Arabia implemented a partial lift of the blockade on Monday, saying it would allow aid to enter government controlled ports of Aden, Mocha and Mukalla. But the World Food Program estimates that another 3.2 million will be driven to famine, and 150,000 malnourished children are at risk of dying in the coming months.

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    I strongly believe based on God’s words, that as long as Muslim Scholars or leaders (Sunni and Shia) keep hating, judging each other, there is no a permanent peace in Muslim communities from Indonesia to Nigeria.
    Galatian 5:14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

    With love❤️

    • The struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran is a purely political power play. I have not seen or heard of any Saudi learned religious scholar to try to ‘convert’ a Shiah to the Saudi Sunni version of Islam and neither the other way round. If it was religious would we not see religious efforts?

  2. @ Rafiq— we still have differences to see some issue.
    Conflict issue between Sunni and Shiah.

    Why do both conflict and hate each other? Look at this way!
    For example:
    Thousand extremist Shiah and extremist Sunni( wahhabi) persecute Ahmadiyyah in Pskistan, Indonesia, etc.

    It is not of struggle of power, politic, money etc. just because they do not accept differences. The same thing with sunni and shiah 1000 years ago. Each of them accuse “KHAFIR” or infidel, Blasphamer, himosexual.

    And then Hadith (idol) command Muslim to punish or kill them.
    Do you see Rafiq? The root of conflict in Islam is Islsmic teaching its self ( Hadith, idol)

    Therefore, as long as 99.00 percent of Islsmic clerics believe in IDOL ( HADITH) there is no peace in Islamic community.

    Along 120 years, extremist Muslim have been persecuting Ahmadiyyah, and hudred years they have been persecuting Shiah and Christisn in Middle East. This is the Fact cannot be denied!

    Solution: all violent hadith have to be abrogated by Saudi arabia authority. Because Islam was born in Saudi.
    With love❤️

    • When I say ‘power struggle’ I am referring to the Iran / Saudi conflict. What is happening in Pakistan is different. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is teaching peace for the last 125 years. Those extremist clerics who want to be blind will be blind, Hadith or not. We are saying that Qur’an is supreme. Any Hadith that is contrary to Qur’an should be ignored.

      • The educated Muslims like you can ignore it, but the extremist Muslim think that what ever Hadith ( idol) command it has to be followed ad a good Muslim.
        This is order from the beloved Muhammad pbuh. That is the root, Rafiq??

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