UNITED NATIONS, In a session on "maintaining international peace and security," the United Nation Security Council has expressed its serious concern over famine that threatens more than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, southern Sudan and north-eastern Nigeria.

The Council expressed disappointment due to refraining of some parties in the four regions, to ensure the delivery of vital food aid shipments and other forms of humanitarian aid to those in need.

The UN Security Council stressed that, the effective response to these crises requires respect by all parties for international humanitarian law, affirming the obligations of all parties of the armed conflict, to respect and protect civilians.

The Security Council reiterated its call on all parties to allow safe access of aid to all areas and to facilitate access to key materials of food, fuel and medical supplies.

The UN Security Council called on all parties in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and the north-eastern region of Nigeria to accelerate the finding of guaranteed steps, to increase the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, and called for the immediate providing of funds pledged at international conferences, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


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