UN envoy: We succeeded in preventing a military operation in Hudaydah

In an address to the Security Council, UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that military operation in Hudaydah has successfully been prevented. (AFP)

 In an address to the Security Council, UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Monday that military operation in Hudaydah has successfully been prevented.

“We have succeeded so far in preventing a military operation in Hudaydah.” Cheikh Ahmed.

This came during a session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, devoted to discuss the situation in Yemen.

Cheikh said the fighting in Yemen continues to lead to a wider spread of weapons and landmines, adding that militias loyal to the Houthi movement and ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh have killed and wounded dozens of civilians.

The UN Envoy also said that about 500 cholera deaths have been reported in Yemen and thousands have been suspected.

The head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen A. O’Brien, also said that the Yemeni people are being killed and deprived due to the conflict, pointing out that Yemen is suffering the worst food crisis in the world.

O’Brien said food and fuel prices in Yemen were rising steadily and the economy was deteriorating, adding that the ability of Yemeni institutions to respond to population demands was declining.

On the spread of cholera, O’Brien said one-third of the suspected cholera cases in Yemen were children, and that the last outbreak of cholera in Yemen was due to the conflict.

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