UNITED NATIONS (AA) – The United Nations has warned that a renewal of hostilities in Yemen will have devastating consequences for the people of the war-torn country after a nationwide cease-fire expired on Oct. 2.
Yemen’s warring sides have failed to reach an agreement to extend the UN-brokered truce.
Reena Ghelani, director of operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the Security Council that any escalation of fighting will send Yemen back to square one.
”People in Yemen need a return to normalcy so they can rebuild their fractured lives,” she said.
Ghelani said hunger continues to haunt more than half the population in Yemen and that 17 million people still do not know where they will get their next meal.
The civil war began in September 2014, when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sana’a. A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia entered the war in early 2015 to restore the government to power.
The eight-year conflict has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with millions facing starvation.