UNITED NATIONS: Six days of escalating conflict in the Yemeni capital that reportedly killed 230 people and injured more than 400, at least during the last On Monday, the UN humanitarian coordinator in a war-torn country said on Thursday.
Jamie McGoldrick told reporters at the UN headquarters in a phone call from Sanaa that there were no air strikes or other military activities and "an intense calm has returned to Sanaa on the last day."
This has allowed civilians to go out to look for supplies and help, although some fear that air strikes remain in the interior, he said.
UN teams, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other aid groups have also been able to move in small numbers around the city to assess the situation, he said.
McGoldrick described the humanitarian situation as "desperate" and expressed the hope that the calls by the president of EE. UU., Donald Trump, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and others to Saudi Arabia to immediately end the blockade of Yemen will produce results.
"Progress has not yet been seen, but we hope that defense and strong messages will open the port," he said.
McGoldrick said that 15 boats with humanitarian aid and commercial cargo are in the Red Sea near the port of Hodeida awaiting permission to dock and unload.
Only two ships, one commercial and the other with humanitarian supplies, arrived after the coalition led by Saudi Arabia said it was lifting the blockade, he said.
"We need all open ports for commercial and humanitarian products to avoid a desperate crisis," said McGoldrick.
He said that more than 22 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance and more than 8 million are on the brink of famine.
The six The decision of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to change the support of the Shiite Houthi rebels controlling Sanaa to the US-backed Saudi-backed coalition supporting the president of Yemen, Abed Rabbo Mansour , seems to have awakened day after day in air strikes and combats. Hadi.
Heavy clashes erupted last week between the Houthis and Saleh's forces, and Saleh was killed by Houthis on Monday for what they called "betrayal."
Saleh ruled Yemen for more than three decades until an uprising forced him to resign in 2012. He later sided with the Houthi rebels in the hope of exploiting his strength to return to power. That helped boost Yemen to the ruinous civil war that has spread hunger and disease among its 28 million people.
Saleh's death has turned the three-year civil war in Yemen into unpredictable new chaos, and McGoldrick said that uncertainty "puts a lot of stress on people on a daily basis."
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