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US Decision Will Provide ‘Profound Relief’ To Millions In War-torn Yemen: UN Spokesperson

The US announcement of revoking its designation
of Yemen’s Houthi movement (Ansar Allah) as a foreign
terrorist organization will provide “profound relief” to
millions in the country, who depend on international
assistance and imports for survival, a UN spokesperson said
on Saturday.

In a note
to correspondents
, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman
for the UN Secretary-General, welcomed the announcement,
which was made by the US administration on

“The revocation of the designations will
provide profound relief to millions of Yemenis who rely on
humanitarian assistance and commercial imports to meet their
basic survival needs. It will help ensure that much-needed
essential goods reach them without significant delays”,
Mr. Dujarric said.

“At a time when Yemen is at
significant risk of famine, maintaining commercial imports
and humanitarian assistance in adequate quantities is
essential”, he added.

Mr. Dujarric also expressed
hope that the move will contribute to UN efforts to resume a
Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process to reach an
inclusive, negotiated settlement to the

Conjoined twins airlifted to

Meanwhile, in some good news, the UN
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on
Saturday medically evacuated new-born conjoined twins to
Amman, Jordan, for medical assessments and a separation
surgery, the agency said.

twins were born in Sana’a, Yemen, in December 2020, to a
35-year-old mother whose family earns their living from
street vending in the city. Doctors at a local hospital and
health authorities had made an urgent appeal to support the
surgery to separate the twins and save their

“Following weeks of arrangements, we are
happy that the twins are now in a hospital in Jordan to be
operated on”, Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to
Yemen, said.

“They are now in the safe hands of a
team of expert surgeons. We hope to see them back soon in
Sana’a in good health,” Mr. Duamelle added, thanking
everyone who provided donations as well as those “who have
made this possible to give a better chance in life to these

The twins left Sana’a on an air
ambulance, accompanied by both parents.

Health system
‘in tatters’

UNICEF also voiced
serious concerns over the health system in Yemen, left in
tatters by years of brutal war, urging concerted effort to
prevent the “complete collapse” of the health system.
Only about half of health facilities are functional and
those that are running face severe shortages in medicine,
equipment and staff.

The crisis in Yemen has its roots
in 2011. However, the situation escalated dramatically in
2015, when fighting intensified between a Saudi-led
coalition backing the internationally-recognized Government,
and the Houthi movement. 
After almost six years of
conflict, Yemen remains the world’s
worst humanitarian crisis
, a deadly combination of war,
disease, economic collapse, and a breakdown of public
institutions and services.

A staggering 80 per cent of
the country’s population – over 24 million people –
require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection,
including more than 12 million children. The situation
worsened further with the outbreak of the coronavirus
pandemic in

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