UN warns of Yemen infrastructure collapse due to fuel shortage
The UN has warned of imminent collapse of infrastructure in Yemen due to a major fuel shortage in the war-torn country, which has been under Saudi airstrikes since late March.
“The services still available in the country in terms of health, water, food are quickly disappearing because fuel is no longer being brought into the country,” UN official Johannes van der Klaauw said on Saturday.
He added that hospitals as well as water system could not work because of fuel shortage, warning that the impoverished Arab country could plunge into unrest if no serious action is taken immediately.
“If something is not done in the next few days in terms of bringing fuel and food into the country, Yemen is going to come to a complete standstill,” he said.
A woman stands on her house destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sana’a, Yemen, May 1, 2015. ©AP
On Thursday, the World Food Program (WFP) said it was forced to halt its food distribution in Yemen due to a severe fuel shortage in the country.
“We are reaching a point where we can no longer continue to move food from our warehouses to the people who desperately need it,” said Purnima Kashyap, WFP Yemen Country Director.
The agency said it is in urgent need of more than 200,000 liters of fuel to continue giving food supplies to the Yemenis.
Saudi Arabia is continuing its brutal airstrikes against Yemen despite the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the impoverished Arab country.
Riyadh launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.