UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — In response to the launch of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia's capital by the Houthis, Riyadh announced on November 6 that it would temporarily close all ports in Yemen, the gateways through which the majority of the country's population receive food, medical aid and other supplies delivered.
"The World Food Program says that there are 111 days until current stocks of rice run out and 97 days until current stocks of wheat run out," UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement released on Monday. "Without the import of critical commodities through a lifting of the blockade on all ports, including Hudaydah and Saleef, the situation will further deteriorate."
By imposing the blockage, the coalition aimed to halt alleged arms deliveries to Houthis from Iran, which they claim supplied the intercepted missile.
Last Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said that the blockade might result in the largest famine in the world in many decades, bringing millions of victims.