Situation in Yemen is becoming 'catastrophic': UN envoy

displaced Yemeni boy

The crisis in Yemen is rapidly escalating as fighting continues between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and those opposed to his rule.

Scores of people have been killed by security forces trying to quell the mass protests by people demanding the resignation of the president.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the situation in Yemen is of deep concern to the international community.  Mr Ban also urged President Saleh to take decisive political reforms and to fully protect human rights.

On Tuesday, the Security Council was briefed by Jamal Benomer, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Yemen.

Mr. Benomer told Reem Abaza that the situation in the country is becoming catastrophic.

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