A joint appeal by the Yemeni and international organisations called for "secure an immediate cessation of hostilities" in the war-torn country, where they warned 14 million people were now "on the brink of famine".
Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called on Wednesday for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in Yemen, where they warned 14 million people were now "on the brink of famine".
The joint appeal was signed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Action Against Hunger, CARE International, Oxfam, Doctors of the World, and Yemeni organisations, according to a statement.
"With 14 million men, women and children on the brink of famine – half the country's population – there has never been a more urgent time to act," the statement said.
Oxfam joins with Yemeni & international organizations to call for an immediate ceasefire in #Yemen.— Oxfam International (@Oxfam) November 7, 2018
With 14 million people on the brink of famine – half the country’s population – there has never been a more urgent time to act. #YemenCantWaithttps://t.co/OvX8BjwMp6 pic.twitter.com/W9J2FMqckk
It called on governments to "secure an immediate cessation of hostilities" and "suspend the supply of arms at risk of being used in Yemen".
The most impoverished country in the Arab world, Yemen has been gripped by war since 2015, when a regional military coalition led by Saudi Arabia joined the government's fight against Houthi rebels.
We have joined 34 organisations in calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen.— CARE InternationalUK (@careintuk) November 7, 2018
After four years of conflict, Yemenis can’t wait any longer. #YemenCantWait https://t.co/RSWbEVyg0p pic.twitter.com/SXhyAqocwN
"Manmade humanitarian crisis"
"The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is manmade and a direct consequence of the warring parties' severe restrictions on access to food, fuel, medical imports and humanitarian aid," the statement added.
"The collapse of the Yemeni rial and the non-payment of public sector workers is adding to the catastrophe.
"We call on governments to redouble their efforts to guarantee unimpeded access to essential items... including through the lifeline port of Hudaida, where civilians have been caught in renewed fighting over the past few days."
Pro-government forces pressed even closer Wednesday to the heart of Hudaida, the Red Sea city controlled by Houthi rebels and under blockade by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
International aid groups have appealed to both the rebels and the alliance to allow civilians to escape the densely-populated city of 600,000 people.
Nearly 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the conflict since 2015, according to the World Health Organization.