U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says Yemen has reached the point where “all the pieces of the puzzle have come together.”
In an interview with CNN, Amos said that a key factor behind Yemen’s current situation is the lack of an effective air force.
“I think we’re going through a period of a lot of frustration, which is why I’ve been saying we need to go into a new phase of development, which I think is really the most important thing that we can do right now,” Amos said.
“But we’re not going to be able to make that happen without the air force.”
The United Nations has been working on an air force since January of 2017, when it decided to move to a smaller air force, based on the experience gained in Iraq and Syria.
Amos said Yemen is the most urgent issue, but the United Nations is also in a unique position to help in the fight against the Houthis, who have taken over the capital Sanaa and are fighting for their country.
The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented a number of violations by the Houthi-led forces, including attacks on medical facilities and civilians.
On Sunday, an international coalition air strike hit a hospital in the northern province of Taiz, killing at least 21 people, the Observatory said.
The hospital was part of the “safe zone” for patients being evacuated from Sanaa, according to the group.
According to the U, Yemen has seen more than 10,000 civilian casualties since the beginning of the war.
On Thursday, the U-N.
High Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs appealed for a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen, saying that Yemenis have been denied food and medicine and have been forced to endure attacks by the “SAA.”
Yemen is not a U.n. member country, but a U,n.
The envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said the coalition was violating international humanitarian law by carrying out airstrikes in populated areas.
“The coalition must stop this violation of humanitarian law, stop the bombing, stop targeting civilian areas,” Benomari told reporters.
“We cannot continue to bomb our own people.”