Alwaght- Pope Francis, during his regular Sunday address, voiced deep concerns over humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and called on all sides to respect international agreements and ensure food reaches suffering Yemenis.
Saudi-led coalition launched a bloody aggression on neighboring Yemen in March 2015, pushing millions of the Arab country's people to the brink of famine. Over 60,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed and more than 20 million were left in need of humanitarian aid.
Before traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), that has played a leading role in the Saudi-led military coalition, pope said, “The population is exhausted by the long conflict and many, many children are suffering from hunger but they are not able to get to food deposits. The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” Reuters cited as saying tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.
“I appeal to all sides involved and to the international community to urgently press for respect of the agreements that have been reached, to guarantee the distribution of food, and work for the good of the population.”
“There are children who are hungry, they are thirsty, they don’t have medicine,” he added.
Francis will becomes the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula and is due to make two public addresses.