Yemen World watches as country descends into total collapse

World watches as Yemen descends into total collapse UN

World watches as Yemen descends into total collapse UN

"Crisis is not coming, it is not even looming, it is here today", he said.

Over 19 million people need humanitarian assistance.

"The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches", O'Brien told the Council.

A Yemeni boy carries food aid distributed by a local charity during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in the capital Sanaa, on May 29, 2017.

Returning from talks in the region, United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed reported no progress in his efforts to broker a return to negotiations and to clinch a deal on allowing vital deliveries to Hodaida. Hunger has been the most horrific outcome of Yemen's conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the US, launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade.

The crisis is spiraling towards "total social, economic and institutional collapse" in the poor Arab country, O'Brien added.

The country is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis following years of fighting between pro-government forces and Shia Houthi rebels.

Violence has also continued in Hajjah governorate and the border area between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Indiscriminate Saudi bombardments have also taken a heavy toll on the Yemeni infrastructure, schools and hospitals, with prominent rights groups censuring Riyadh's military for the use of internationally-banned weapons against Yemeni civilians.

Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has threatened that his forces, which oppose the Houthis that now control the capital of Sanaa, will attack the port city of Hodeidah unless the rebels give up Hodeidah to neutral observers.

On Hudaydah Port, Mr. O'Brien said it is a lifeline for Yemen, being the primary point of entry for commercial and humanitarian imports into the country, which historically is 80 to 90 per cent dependent on imported food staples.

In addition, over 1 million civil servants haven't been paid for months, which O'Brien said is affecting more than 8 million people and pushing more and more families toward poverty and starvation.

The humanitarian leader said the cholera outbreak and food security in the war-torn nation will continue to worsen.

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