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Published Date: Saturday 17 February 2018 - 11:03:47
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Saudi-led coalition uses 'threat of starvation as instrument of war' in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition uses 'threat of starvation as instrument of war' in Yemen
World  - UN experts accuse a Saudi-led military coalition of using “the threat of starvation as an instrument of war” in Yemen, Reuters reported.

The draft statement, seen by Reuters on Thursday, broadly expresses concern about civilian casualties and restrictions on commercial and humanitarian food, fuel and medical imports and calls on all parties to allow unhindered aid access in Yemen.

"The Security Council should be naming and shaming everyone," said Human Rights Watch U.N. Director Louis Charbonneau. "A statement that condemns one side, the Houthis, but doesn't even mention the abuses of the other, the Saudi-led coalition, simply nurtures the atmosphere of impunity."

The draft statement, which the 15-member council has to agree by consensus, "notes with appreciation" the Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge of humanitarian aid and a Saudi intention to deposit $2 billion into Yemen's central bank to shore up a weak Yemeni currency.

UAE is part of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen.

Yemen relies heavily on food imports and is on the brink of famine. Nearly 1 million people have been infected with cholera.

 

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