UN warns over mass famine in Yemen over Saudi blockade

The UN’s aid chief has warned that Saudi Arabia’s blockade on Yemen is putting millions of people in danger of a mass famine.

The UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, Mark Lowcock, on Wednesday stressed that unless the war-torn country’s borders are reopened, “it will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced that it was shutting down Yemen’s air, sea, and land borders.

“Immediate access to all sea ports” must be returned in order to deliver fuel, food and other vital supplies to the country, the UN official stated.