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Humanitarian situation in Yemen

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Published on Feb 3, 2016

As one of the poorest countries in the world, reliant upon imports for over 90% of its food even before the outbreak of the war, Yemen is now facing an extreme humanitarian crisis and the UN and other aid agencies have made it quite clear in their assessment that the situation is extremely dire.

The EU and its Member States have given much money in aid, with my own country, the UK, having invested some GBP 250 million in aid over the last five years. But now, however, we must consider the futility of sending such money to Yemen only for these investments to be bombed and destroyed by the military attacks of Saudi Arabia. Repeated sources show that public buildings, vital infrastructure and civilian areas have been tragically hit by the Saudis’ very poorly targeted bombing campaigns, the results of which have been over 6000 civilians killed to date. Saudi Arabia and Iran’s ongoing race for regional, sectarian supremacy is growing ever bolder, and it is those in the periphery that are most suffering now as they become caught up in this terrible proxy war.

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