War-torn Yemen: Watermelons rotting on the farms

Around the besieged coastal city of Midi -in northern Yemen- most of the watermelon crop is rotting in the fields. Growers cannot go to other markets in neighboring cities to sell their crops due to the escalation of fighting between the government forces and Houthi militia.

The Houthi militia, which controls a large part of the northern Hajjah province, has tightened the siege on Midi for more than two years, in an attempt to retake it from the hands of the government forces.

"We have suffered from the siege for more than two years, and we cannot go to other markets in neighboring cities to sell our crops. This is the second year in a row that we are losing our watermelon crop," said one farmer. "More than 10,000 watermelons had rotted since the beginning of this harvest ... this is a catastrophe.”

Yemen's civil war ignited in late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

Source: china.org.cn

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