Over half of population in Yemen in need of relief aid

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More than half of the population of Yemen is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, according to a senior UN official in the country.

The Middle Eastern country continues to work towards building a federal state and forge ahead with democratic reform.

Thousands of people have been displaced in Yemen as government forces launched operations against Al-Qaida strongholds.

Johannes Van Der Klaauw is the newly appointed Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen and the Representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

"We have a population of more than 25 million Yemenis of which 14.7 million today is in need of any sort of humanitarian assistance. This is more than half of the population. Of these 14.7 million there are 7.6 million which have been identified as the most needy by us and for whom we have developed a response plan which is of the size of a budget of $592 million, so near to $600 million dollars" (29")

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says people urgently need health services, food, water, sanitation, hygiene and protection.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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