the hague - The humanitarian situation in Yemen is rapidly deteriorating due to the border restrictions that have been set. Because of these blockades, hardly any more fuel comes into the country. In many parts of Yemen, water purification works due to the lack of diesel that the generators must power. About one million people do not have access to clean water and another cholera epidemic threatens, according to the Red Cross.
Hospitals are also dependent on generators for their power, which means that medical care is compromised. Saudi Arabia closed all border crossings with neighboring Yemen on 6 November. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition fighting against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The conclusion, according to Riyadh, is to stop the arms deliveries to the Houthi rebels from Iran.
The blockade means that dozens of Red Cross helpers can not return to their work in Yemen. Humanitarian aid is essential for the inhabitants of the country that has been affected by severe violence for 2.5 years. 'Almost 10 million people need acute help. There is a lack of everything. The food insecurity is great, 'says the Red Cross.
Last April, the largest cholera epidemic broke out in the country's history, leading to almost 900,000 cholera infections.
The Red Cross provides Yemenites with clean drinking water, medical care and food. A Dutch delegation from the Red Cross is in the region to investigate the situation.