TEHRAN (Iran News) – For weeks the world has been busy with news on probable Russia’s military operation against Ukraine which finally took place on Thursday and Western world began crying foul against Russian attack while it has been ignoring for years atrocities against Yemen and Yemeni people who are under air strikes of Saudi-led coalition forces and everyday several Yemenis are killed by the strikes and many people are also suffering from hunger and sanctions and nobody except Iran and a few countries gives attention to it.
On Friday, the United Nations once again warned over the critical condition in Yemen where people are starving due to the sanctions or siege of the ports of this country which makes Yemen unable import basic foods.
The UN warned that severe funding shortages pose a threat to the flow of humanitarian assistance to Yemen, saying food rations have already been cut by half for eight million people in the impoverished country.
“Aid agencies are doing everything they can to respond to people’s needs, but acute funding shortages are threatening the flow of humanitarian assistance,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told a news briefing.
“Food rations have already been cut by half for eight million people. Those people may soon stop receiving food assistance from the UN altogether,” he said.
He noted that at the start of this year, lack of cash had already forced two-thirds of major UN aid programs to reduce or close, adding, “Further cuts are on the horizon if funding is not received.”
He reiterated his concern over the “grave situation” in Yemen, including the impact of the ongoing Saudi-led aggression, which is causing civilian casualties on a daily basis.
The UN spokesperson noted that over 23,000 Yemeni civilians have been displaced since the beginning of this year, most of them in Hudaydah, Ma’rib, Shabwah and Ta’iz provinces.
“They join more than four million men, women and children who have been displaced across Yemen since the latest escalation got underway in 2015,” he said.
Dujarric called on donors to make generous aid pledges at a high-level during a planned donor conference for Yemen, which is scheduled to be held on March 16, co-hosted by the UN, Sweden and Switzerland.
“We also urge donors to commit funds before the pledging conference to avoid major disruptions in our humanitarian operations,” the UN spokesman said.
This is not the first time that the UN calls for helping Yemenis but each time the world especially the West passes it indifferently.
Meanwhile in order to help Yemenis, the United States imposed sanctions on what it called members of an international network funding Ansarullah, citing the popular Yemeni movement’s retaliatory attacks on the coalition of countries waging war on the country.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) claimed that the network, led by financier Sa’id al-Jamal, had “transferred tens of millions of dollars to Yemen via a complex international network of intermediaries in support of the Houthis’ attacks.”
It also said the action was taken “in close coordination and collaboration” with Washington’s regional Persian Gulf partners.
Those targeted include a UAE- and Sweden-based commodities trader and his company as well as money exchange houses in Turkey and Yemen, according to the Treasury statement.
They are accused of shipping fuel, other petroleum products and commodities throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia with the proceeds financing Ansarullah.
The new measure freezes any assets of the designated entities and individuals that are subject to US jurisdiction and generally bars Americans from doing business with them.
The new sanctions come as Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and some American lawmakers are pressing the White House to return Ansarullah to the U.S. list of foreign “terrorist” organizations.
Of course these types of measures by the West are aimed at increasing pressure on Yemenis under different pretext and to help coalition forces who have suffered in war against Yemen.
So the West and actually the world should put aside their double standard approach regarding humanitarian issues and observing humanity than politicizing everything that they do not like. While Ukraine has been under attack just for a couple of days, the West has started accusing Russia of inhumane behavior while it has never given a damn to the people of Yemen and Afghanistan who are in the worst living condition.
So the world is recommended not to divide humanity issue by politicizing it or dividing the world people into friends and foes, something which hurts nations and unfortunately the UN and other international bodies are unable to observe their main task of saving humanity which is of the main charters of the UN which is given no damn by the world and especially by big powers and Westerners.
Humanity is the missing link in today’s world order and as long as it does not find its place in world relations, every day we will see war, hunger, starvation and any injustice and nobody will be able to take action against them.