In a report issued on Thursday, the Council warns that malnutrition poses a significant threat to children who are already experiencing severe human suffering due to aggression, blockade, reduced aid, and the cessation of prevention interventions.
According to the report, over 4.5 million children and women in Yemen, including 313,790 under five, are suffering from general and severe acute malnutrition. Approximately 1.7 million children suffer from general malnutrition, while more than 1.4 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition.
The report reveals that 966,881 pregnant and breastfeeding women are facing malnutrition due to the humanitarian disaster caused by the aggression and blockade, highlighting an increase in acute malnutrition rates during the years of aggression.
The Humanitarian Affairs Council’s report indicates that the governorates of Hajjah, Hodeidah, Sa'adah, Raymah, and Taiz are the most affected, accounting for over half of acute malnutrition cases.
The report states that 2.2 million children under five require acute malnutrition treatment, while over 8.5 million require humanitarian assistance. They face the daily threat of food shortages, displacement, continued reductions in aid, and the suspension of malnutrition prevention interventions by the World Food Programme (WFP).
The report confirms Yemen's ongoing humanitarian crisis, with over 24 million people in need of various forms of humanitarian assistance.
The Council anticipates a rise in food insecurity and malnutrition cases in the next phase.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, claiming the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power.
The US-Saudi aggression continues to target neighborhoods and populated areas and destroy the infrastructure and capabilities of the country, in light of a suspicious international silence.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
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