SANAA-The Yemeni Center for Human Rights held a press conference in Sana’a to release a report titled “The Alleged Truce.”
The report highlights violations of the U.N. agreement by the Saudi-led coalition since it was negotiated in April.
The report states that the Saudi-led coalition has committed more than 14,000 violations, including 278 airstrikes, resulting in the deaths of Yemeni civilians.
Recently, the UN Security Council urged the warring parties in Yemen to extend the truce, saying it had tangible benefits for the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country. So far, there are no signs of agreement on either side.
A complete end to the war and siege is what Yemenis are demanding from the international community, including the United Nations.
They say the temporary truce should not be extended because the world body has failed to ensure its full implementation.
Saudi military aggression against Yemen began in March 2015 in support of the former Yemeni regime loyal to Riyadh. The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement that the Saudi military aggression has so far left more than 600,000 civilians dead and wounded.For the population already tested by this brutal conflict, hunger is only one aspect of the ongoing humanitarian tragedy. Most Yemenis live in rural areas, in villages dozens and dozens of kilometers away from health facilities, and transporting malnourished or injured children to the hospital is nearly impossible. There is a lack of vehicles and fuel, and with the blockade of Hodeidah it is more difficult to obtain them, as well as to supply medical facilities with drugs; very many children are also dying due to logistical issues.
The United Nations reports that some 22.2 million people in Yemen are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million at risk of dying from lack of food. The UN reported that “we are facing a humanitarian catastrophe.”
“Yemen is on the brink of a devastating famine: cholera is causing a dramatic food crisis, food is being used as a weapon of war,” said World Food Programme (Wfp) Executive Assistant Elisabeth Rasmussen during a conference on aid to Yemen. The conflict in the Yemeni country has left seven million people at risk of famine and about 17 million-60 percent of the global population-at risk of food insecurity.
At least 108 Yemeni civilians have been killed by landmines, cluster bombs and other lethal devices used by the Saudi-led coalition since April, when a U.N.-brokered truce took effect in the impoverished Arab country. The Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC), a human rights body based in the capital Sana’a, provided the information Sunday. As many as 216 others, it added, had been injured over the period from the same causes. The coalition invaded Yemen in March 2015 to restore a pro-Ryad government to power. It has so far failed to achieve its goal, killing some 13,000 Yemenis and creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.