2021-February-28 16:27
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2021-February-23  13:20

UN Warns 400,000 Yemeni Children Under 5 Severely Malnourished

TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Nations warned that some 400,000 Yemeni children under the age of five are so severely malnourished that they are in “their last weeks and months”.

“We are running out of time,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, stated, World News reported.

He noted that more than 16 million people are going hungry across Yemen, five million of whom are “just one step away from famine”. 

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of ex-President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement.

According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s 30 million people need some form of aid or protection. About 13.5 million Yemenis currently face acute food insecurity, UN data shows.

According to the latest figures released by the UN in December last year, over 230,000 people have been killed since the onset of the Saudi-led war.

Yemeni Armed Forces and allied popular groups, led by the Houthi Ansarullah movement, have gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and successfully defended Yemen against the aggression, leaving Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.