USA aerial support for Saudi-led campaign in Yemen soars under Trump

Saudi-led raid kills 11 Houthis in Yemen

An worldwide aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.

Save the Children says more than 50,000 youngsters are believed to have already lost their lives so far this year.

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced on November 5 that it was closing all points of entry to Yemen after Houthi rebels launched an Iran-manufactured ballistic missile from Yemen to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has already stated that assistance may go through "liberated ports" although not Houthi-controlled Hodeidah, the actual gateway for majority of imports directly into Yemen. The House of Representatives on Monday adopted a nonbinding resolution that is highly critical of Iran and the Houthis but also notes that "Congress has not enacted specific legislation authorizing the use of military force against parties participating in the Yemeni civil war".

It comes as three agencies said thousands of civilians will die, including many children, unless the blockade which has "choked off" aid supplies is fully lifted.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with 17 million people in need of food, seven million of whom are at risk of starvation.

Unless all ports are reopened, that number could rise by 3.2 million, they warned.

Yemen already has 7 million people on the brink of starvation, but without the reopening of all ports that number could grow by 3.2 million, the heads of the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement. "Without them, untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die", it added.

"Countries such as the USA, UK and France, which continue to supply coalition members with arms, are allowing Saudi Arabia and its allies to flagrantly flout worldwide law and risk being complicit in grave violations, including war crimes".

"There are still huge problems and there has not been any progress on the. open humanitarian access through the ports of Hodeida and airport of Sana'a", both held by the rebels, said Olof Skoog, the Swedish ambassador to the United Nations.

So far, 29 vessels with 300,000 tonnes of food and 192,000 tonnes of fuel had been prevented from reaching Yemen, and a United Nations ship transporting 1,300 tonnes of health, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and nutrition supplies had been unable to dock at Hudaydah, they added.

"If these water treatment plants and sewage plants stop working, it can only bring cholera back and other water-borne diseases", she said.

On one side of the conflict, Houthi rebels who deposed a Saudi-allied government.

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