Over 4,000 people displaced by conflict in northern Yemen: OCHA

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More than 4,000 people have been displaced by conflict in northern Yemen, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

Yemen is struggling to rebuild following the political turmoil of what is known as the Arab Spring when people rose up against the government in 2011.

OCHA says there has been fighting between Al Houthi and affiliates of the Islah Party in the Al Jawf Governorate.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq points out that humanitarian presence in the region is extremely limited due to persistent insecurity but OCHA has received some information from its partners.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that its humanitarian partners confirm that 650 families (4,550 people) have been displaced in northern Yemen after conflict arose in the Al Jawf Governorate on 10 August. Additional unconfirmed reports from local sources indicate that between 7,000 and 14,000 people have been displaced. Displaced people are reportedly staying with relatives or host communities in neighbouring areas, where they reportedly need food, water, healthcare, and basic living items."

Farhan Haq said shelter is urgently needed for displaced people who have not found any accommodation.

He added that plans are underway to provide money through the Emergency Response Fund and partners are working to better assess needs.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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