>> Asking for $2.1 billion to save the lives of 12 million people in Yemen. The United Nations appealing for funds on Wednesday to provide food to those facing famine. The UN says nearly 3.3 million people, 2.1 million of them children, are acutely malnourished. Yemen's been divided by nearly two years of civil war, a conflict which pits the Iran allied Houdhi group against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting. On going airstrikes are also damaging ports, roads, bridges, and markets.>> Fishermen can't fish. Farmers can't farm. Civil servants don't get paid. So the ability for them to cope with that crisis has been exacerbated by the conflict. And so what you have is people having to make life and death decisions.
Do you feed your child or your children? Or do you pay for medical treatment for the sick child? And that's a daily call for many families.>> UNICEF says about 63,000 Yemeni children died last year of preventable causes, often linked to malnutrition. Meanwhile, conflicting reports on Wednesday over the government's position on US raids targeting Al Qaeda militants.
The New York Times reporting that Yemen's withdrawn permission for US special operations ground missions on its soil. A nighttime raid on the 29th of January approved by new president Donald Trump saw a navy seal and civilians killed. A Yemeni official, though, told Reuters they've expressed concern but stopped short of a ban.
Saying there needs to be more coordination with the Yemeni authorities before any action.