Yemen war continues: Aid agencies warn fuel shortages may end their work in Yemen

(Reuters) – Twenty-two aid agencies working in Yemen have warned that their help could end unless land, sea and air routes are opened to allow for the import of fuel into the country, where an Arab coalition has been attacking Houthi forces since March 26.

The conflict has disrupted imports in the impoverished country where around 20 million people, or 80 percent of the population, are now estimated to be going hungry, or “food insecure” in aid parlance, according to a statement by the United Nations and the Yemen International NGO Forum.

A shortage of fuel has crippled hospitals and food supplies in the past few weeks, and the World Food Programme has said its monthly fuel needs had leapt from 40,000 liters a month to 1 million liters.

“Millions of lives are at risk, in particular children, and soon we will not be able to respond,” Edward Santiago, country director for Save the Children, said in the statement…

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Southern Popular Resistance fighters gather on a road during fighting against Houthi fighters in Yemen's southern city of Aden May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Southern Popular Resistance fighters gather on a road during fighting against Houthi fighters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer


 

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  • tom_billesley

    The aid agencies are delusional – fuel that gets in will go straight to vehicles used by fighters and any surplus stockpiled by them for their own use.