British charity Save the Children has warned that more than five million children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, as renewed fighting threatens to disrupt food and aid supplies through the vital port city of Hodeidah. According to the UN’s World Food Programme, 8.4 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and at risk of being pushed into famine. Based on this, Save the Children estimates that 4.2 million children under 18 years are
at risk of famine in Yemen.
The charity has said that damage to the port of Hodeidah or its temporary closure would increase food and fuel costs, putting one million more children at risk of famine. A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebel group that controls the port has intensified its air campaign and resumed an offensive to capture it after peace talks collapsed earlier this month, according to a Reuters report. Around 80 percent of Yemen’s food, medicine and
aid supplies arrive through Hodeidah.