News ID: 232840
Published: 0159 GMT October 15, 2018

US needs to address humanitarian crisis in Yemen: Congressman

US needs to address humanitarian crisis in Yemen: Congressman

Republican Congressman Ted Yoho has said that the United States should address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen amid rising tensions with Saudi Arabia, which has launched a war of aggression against the country.

"When you look at the refugees around the world, we're at an all-time world high of worldwide refugees displaced from their countries. It's over 70 million people. We haven't seen these numbers ever before in our history. This is more than World War Two," Yoho, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Hill.TV on Monday, Presstv Reported.

"What's going on in Yemen is adding to that immensely, and then the famine, and then these people don't have any food," the Representative for Florida's 3rd congressional district added.

"This is something that I think we as a world population need to look at this and see what each country can do to alleviate this kind of  conflict, and then, more importantly, bring it to a solution, so these people aren't displaced, and start getting these people back in their countries with functional governments," he continued said.

The comments come after the United Nations said on Sunday that Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years, amid reports that Saudi jets are deliberately targeting the war-torn country’s food supply.

Saudi Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan, launched the brutal war in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has played a significant role, alongside the Yemeni army, in defending the nation.

The United States is supporting this Saudi war of aggression.

Some 15,000 Yemenis have so far been killed and thousands more injured as a result of the bloody campaign which has also left a record 22.2 million Yemenis in a dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger, according to UN statistics.

Yemeni Health authorities announced last week that 1 in 3 Yemeni children suffer from severe malnutrition and that 8,000 dialysis patients may face death if the Saudi blockade persists in the war-torn country.

 The United Nations has warned that 13 million people in the war-torn country are facing starvation.



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