Ahead of a Seanad motion on Yemen, Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide, has cautiously welcomed the Hodeidah ceasefire announcement and UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith’s critical involvement in the peace talks.
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The UN human rights office says has verified the killings of 136 Yemeni civilians and other non-combatants in air strikes carried out over 11 days this month by the Saudi-led military coalition batting Yemen's Shiite rebels.
Millions of Yemenis face the risk of death as aid deliveries cannot get to those in need because of the continuing blockade of the war-ravaged country by the Saudi-led coalition, the head of the World Food Programme in the country has said.
The UN and more than 20 humanitarian groups have condemned a blockade by the Saudi-led coalition on airports, seaports and land crossings into Yemen, saying it could bring millions of people closer to "starvation and death".