A UN top official has urged the Security Council member countries to use their political and economic powers to pressure warring sides in Yemen sides to commit to a path of peace.
“In Yemen, there are no winners on the battlefield. The losers are the Yemeni people who suffer by this war,” stated Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, briefing the Security Council.
“The people [of Yemen] are getting poorer while influential leaders get richer. They are not interested in finding solutions, as they will lose their power and control in a settlement,” he said.
UN data shows that the conflict has made 17 million Yemenis food insecure and over a third of the country’s district in severe danger of famine.
Yemen is also facing devastating cholera outbreak, which has already killed more than 2,100 individuals and continues to infect thousands each week.
The UN has launched a $2.3 billion Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan to reach 12 million people in need of humanitarian support.