U.N. chief says Yemen in imminent danger of famine,
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that war-torn Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades,” warning against any unilateral moves as the United States threatens to blacklist Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi group, Reuters reports.
Aid workers have raised fears that if Washington designates the Houthis a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), it could prevent life-saving aid reaching the country.
“In this very fragile situation in relation to famine and in this hopeful moment in relation to conversations, we believe that any other unilateral initiative will probably not be positive. I don’t think we should rock the boat at the present moment,” Guterres told reporters when asked about U.S. plans.
“In the absence of immediate action, millions of lives may be lost,” Guterres said in a statement earlier on Friday.
The United Nations describes Yemen as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 80% of its population in need of help.