Fighting in Yemen could lead to "deep and long-lasting regional repercussions"

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A family finds temporary shelter at a school in Aden Governorate, Yemen. Photo: OCHA/Eman al Awami (file)

The ongoing fighting in Yemen could lead to "deep and long-lasting regional repercussions" according to the UN Secretary-General.

The crisis in the Middle Eastern Country has escalated over recent weeks as Houthi rebels continue to carry out attacks across the country.

Action by an allied coalition to restore President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi who fled the country last month is continuing.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The situation in Yemen has rapidly deteriorated since a new government was formed in November 2014.

The country has continued to be plagued by violence and political demonstrations despite UN efforts to bring about a peaceful political resolution.

Over the last two weeks of increased fighting, more than 540 people have been killed, and over 100,000 have been displaced.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has issued this warning.

"Since the initial advances by the Houthis, the situation has greatly escalated through the Arab coalition military operation led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the request of President Hadi. The Coalition air raids — and the continuing attempts by the Houthis and their allied armed groups to expand their power – have turned an internal political crisis into a violent conflict that risks deep and long-lasting regional repercussions."

A humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding.

Water, food, fuel and medicine are in short supply and the UN is warning that the country faces what it called “total collapse.”

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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