UNICEF says 300,000 children at risk in Hodeida, Yemen

11 mn children throughout country need humanitarian aid

13 June, 13:17

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 13 - UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said 300,000 children in Hodeida, Yemen, are in need of humanitarian aid, as well as 11 million more children throughout the country.

    Fore's statement came shortly before a Saudi-led coalition attack on the Yemeni port city began Tuesday night.

    "Millions of children throughout Yemen depend on the humanitarian and commercial goods that come through that port every day for their very survival," Fore said.

    "Without food imports, one of the world's worst malnutrition crises will only worsen. Without fuel imports, critical for water pumping, people's access to drinking water will shrink further, leading to even more cases of acute watery diarrhea and cholera, both of which can be deadly for small children. There are 11 million children in need of humanitarian aid in this war-torn country. Choking off this lifeline will have devastating consequences for every one of them," she said.

    Fore said UNICEF teams delivered antibiotics, syringes, IV fluid, ready-to-use therapeutic food and hygiene kits to local partners in Hodeida two days ago, "but this will only last so long". "Should the security situation worsen, our capacity to respond will be severely hampered," she said.(ANSAmed).

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