War in Yemen causing starvation, cholera — United Nations aid chief

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In Yemen, 50% of the victims children are the result of the arab Coalition led by saudi Arabia, says the document.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council Friday that Yemen people's suffering has relentlessly intensified.

The United Nations has worked to avert attacks on Hodeidah port, where around 80 percent of Yemen's food imports arrive. The Houthi movement denies the allegations.

In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition began a campaign against Houthi forces allied with ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in support of Hadi's government.

The number of air strikes on Yemen in the first half of 2017 has already exceeded the total for 12 months past year, according to a United Nations report released Monday.

Al Qaeda has exploited the conflict to try to deepen its influence in Yemen, repeatedly launching bomb and gun attacks.

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The humanitarian official urged the worldwide community to ensure that all ports are open to civilian, including to commercial traffic. This not only includes the Houthis concentrated in the north but also the southerners who live in the territory the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (aka South Yemen) governed from 1967-1990.

O'Brien said that he was grieved that, in the past two years, despite his and his team's much effort, he has been "unable to report any significant improvement in the deplorable, avoidable and completely man-made catastrophe that is ravaging Yemen".

The number of cholera cases in the war-torn country has now surpassed half a million, the World Health Organization said Monday.

He also stressed the need for civil servants to be paid "to prevent the collapse of institutions and for accountability to be strengthened".

"Those who survived cholera will continue to suffer the consequences of "political cholera" that infects Yemen and continues to obstruct the road towards peace", added Ould Cheikh Ahmed. In a press release, saudi Arabia has countered that the Coalition to Restore the Legitimacy in Yemen "fully respected" its obligations in terms of global law and humanitarian law.

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