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Fuel shortages could halt Yemen relief: U.N.

A boy digs in the rubble of houses destroyed by air strikes in Sana’a on Friday.— PHOTO: AP

A boy digs in the rubble of houses destroyed by air strikes in Sana’a on Friday.— PHOTO: AP  

The United Nations warned fuel shortages threaten to halt all relief operations in Yemen “within days” as Saudi-led air strikes and ground fighting killed 47 people in second city Aden.

Gulf Arab states rejected any neutral venue for U.N.-brokered peace talks as a confidential U.N. report supported their allegations that regional rival Tehran had been arming Yemen’s Huthi Shia rebels since 2009.

Severe shortages





U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the lack of fuel was preventing agencies on the ground from distributing even those stocks already inside the country, most of which are in the hands of rebels who are under a UN arms embargo.

He called for an “immediate resumption of fuel imports to avoid making the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen even worse.” The World Food Programme said it was halting its food distribution in Yemen due to the severe fuel shortage. The World Health Organization said that as of Monday 1,244 had been confirmed killed in fighting in Yemen since March 19. — AFP





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