Winner of the 2018 ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or Award – International Committee of the Red Cross
Tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia have led oil-producing Gulf countries, with some western support, to destroy one of the poorest Arab countries in the world. The people of Yemen have been attacked relentlessly, and the situation is dire. On November 4, 2017, Houthi insurgents, reportedly backed by Iran, launched a missile attack on Riyadh. The angry Saudi response was a methodical attack on Sana. The main targets were the government buildings, but residential areas were also struck, and civilians became “collateral damage.” However, the airstrikes are not the greatest danger. On November 6, an embargo was imposed and has had disastrous effects on the population that relied on humanitarian aid for two-thirds of essential supplies.