Yemen’s humanitarian crisis worsens – UN

Women walk past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations warned on Thursday that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening as the conflict between pro-government forces and the Houthi rebels continues.

“The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

He pointed out that his estimates indicate that “80 percent of the population, or about 24 million people, need food assistance or protection, including 14.3 million people urgently.”

He said the number of people needing urgent help or protection rose 27 percent from the same figure last year, noting that “two-thirds of the areas entered the pre-famine.”

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, has been battling a war since 2014 between Iranian-backed Huthi rebels and forces loyal to internationally recognized President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which escalated in March 2015 as Saudi Arabia stepped in to lead a military alliance in support of government forces.

Since then, around 10,000 people have been killed in the war, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), while independent human rights groups say the real death toll could be five times that.

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