Yemen’s War Is a Tragedy. Is it Also a Crime?

Megan Specia// PC: Abdo Hyder// The New York Times


Residents of Yemen are suffering a staggering humanitarian crises driven by a fierce civil war. Many Yemenis are starving as a direct result of the war, which has inflated food prices, leaving most unable to afford the supplies. Destroyed infrastructure has left many without clean drinking water and set off a cholera epidemic. It was the largest single-year outbreak of the disease ever recorded. Much- needed chlorine tablets that sanitize water have been blocked from delivery to the country, as have hundreds of tons of other medical supplies. Several cities have been cut off from supplies of fuel for pumping in fresh water and for processing sewage. In short term, humanitarian organizations warn of a far more urgent need: freeing up the flow of food, medicine and other supplies.

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