UNITED NATIONS, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, expressed deep concern over the sharp escalation of armed clashes and air strikes in Yemen, over the past few days.

"This latest outbreak of violence could not come at a worse time for the Yemeni people, who are already caught up in the world's largest humanitarian crisis," said Guterres, through his spokesman, referring to the clashes between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The two forces were previous allies against forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The new clashes, which broke out on Wednesday, in the capital city of Sanaa, and then spread to other parts of the country, have resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries, including civilians.

The new conflict and the blockade imposed on Nov 6 by the Saudi-led military coalition, which is fighting Houthi rebels, have caused significant shortages of critical supplies, especially food and fuel, and resulted in price hikes, curtailing access to food, safe water and healthcare, said the statement. "The secretary-general calls for urgent resumption of all commercial imports, without which millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death."

"Fighting is restricting the movement of people and life-saving services within Sanaa city. Ambulances and medical teams cannot access the injured, and people cannot go outside to buy food and other necessities. Aid workers are unable to travel and implement critical life-saving programmes, at a time when millions of Yemenis rely on assistance to survive," said the statement.

Guterres said, there is no military solution to the conflict. He urged all parties, to engage meaningfully with the United Nations, to revitalise inclusive negotiations on a political settlement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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