Yemen on verge of 'humanitarian disaster': UNICEF

refugee in Yemen

Yemen is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster as the conflict continues between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and those opposed to his rule, UNICEF is warning.

The UN Children's Fund says that four children have been killed and 18 others injured in the latest round of violence in the country.

UNICEF also says that children have not had schooling for two months as a result of civil unrest in Yemen.

Marixie Mercado is UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva.

"Yemen is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. Malnutrition in Yemen is among the highest in the world, and today it is increasing, especially among the children displaced by conflicts in the North and South of the country. Vaccination programmes are under threat, as electricity and gas shortages compromise the viability of vaccines, especially in rural areas. The likelihood of outbreaks of deadly disease such as measles increases by the day."

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