Yemen’s Forgotten War [world Service]

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It is nearly six months since an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia began a bombing campaign over Yemen. The aim of the Saudi-led air strikes is to restore the internationally recognised president to power after Houthi rebels seized large parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

So far more than 2000 civilians have lost their lives and a blockade by land sea and air is preventing food fuel and medicines from reaching the north of the country. The United Nations warns of a looming famine and calls this a humanitarian crisis comparable to that in Syria. Yet the strikes and the blockade are happening with the sanction of the international community, under resolution from the UN Security Council. The United States and Britain are also providing the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and logistical support. Human rights organisations say the strikes often target civilians and may amount to war crimes. Gabriel Gatehouse has been to Yemen to investigate.

(Photo: Gabriel Gatehouse stands by what remains of a water bottling plant near Abs in the north-west of the country)

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The humanitarian crisis and allegations of war crimes in Yemen

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The humanitarian crisis and allegations of war crimes in Yemen