SHAFAQNA – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has directly blamed Saudi Arabia for a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which has been the target of a Saudi-led war for two years and a half.
A spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Beasley’s comments.
More than 12,000 people have died since March 2015, when Saudi Arabia and a number of its vassal states invaded Yemen — which was already the Arab world’s most impoverished nation.
The war was launched to restore power to a former Riyadh-friendly regime.
The Saudi-led coalition has imposed an all-out blockade over Yemen.
The UN has accused the coalition of denying entry to vessels bound for the key Red Sea port of al-Hudaidah, through which around 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports used to arrive.
“We are having problems with access,” Beasley said.
“The Saudis have created serious complications for us because of the port being blockaded to a certain degree, and the destroying of the cranes at Hodeidah port … That has substantially reduced our capacity to bring food in.”
The destruction of the five cranes has resulted in ships lining up off Yemen’s coast because they cannot be unloaded.
Beasley added that coalition restrictions had obstructed the delivery of fuel needed by U.N. vehicles which travel in and out of Sanaa carrying aid and personnel.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says two million people have been forced by the fighting to flee their homes while cholera has killed 2,000 people and infected 600,000.