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Yemen: Russia calls on Saudi to end cruel blockade

RUSSIA called for the immediate lifting of the Saudi-led blockade of Yemen at a UN aid conference in Geneva yesterday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov expressed concerns about “worrying rumours of an assault on Hodeida,” the Red Sea port supplying areas controlled by the National Salvation government, formed by Houthi rebels and their allies, in the capital Sanaa.

UN humanitarian aid coordination agency OCHA says some 18.8 million people need humanitarian or protection assistance in Yemen.

Unicef director Geert Cappelaere called the situation there “catastrophic.”

“There is no single country in the world where, today, children are more suffering than in Yemen,” he said.

“Yemen is at a serious risk of plunging into famine.”

World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan said there had been some 325 attacks on health facilities, schools, markets, roads and other infrastructure since the nine-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched its war to reinstall former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi two years ago.

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