More than 200 civilians killed in Yemen, women and children included

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More than 200 civilians have been reportedly killed in northern Yemen, including women and children, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

Mr Johannes Van Der Klaauw has expressed "extreme alarm" over the recent escalation of the conflict in the city of Amran.

Over the past few days, violence has displaced thousands of families and thousands more are reportedly trapped inside the conflict zone, unable to flee the fighting.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN spokesperson.

"The Humanitarian Coordinator said that all parties to the conflict have a responsibility to make sure that civilians are spared from the fighting and that those who are affected by conflict are able to move to more secure areas. He also called on all parties to facilitate aid agencies' access to civilians, and to protect and respect humanitarian activities, workers, and property at all times to ensure that aid can reach the most vulnerable people."

Humanitarian partners are providing food, water and sanitation, shelter and emergency healthcare in accessible areas.

However, humanitarian access is constrained by ongoing fighting, roadblocks and other restrictions.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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