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UN agencies urge Saudi led coalition to end blockade of Yemen

Three UN agenies, World Food Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, issued a statement on Thursday urging the Saudi led military coalition to end its blockade on Yemen warning that thousands would starve to death. 

Last week land, air and sea routes to the country, which has already 7 million people at the point of famine, were stopped by the coalition after a missile was fired towards the Saudi capital. 

“The cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost,” the heads of the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, David Beasley, Antony Lake and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in the statement.

“Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”

“Without fuel, the vaccine cold chain, water supply systems and waste water treatment plants will stop functioning. And without food and safe water, the threat of famine grows by the day."