Fighting intensifies in Yemen

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Children sit in a UNICEF-supported centre for vulnerable children. Fighting in Yemen has intensified according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. Photo: UNICEF/Brent Stirton

Fighting in Yemen has intensified according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

The agency says that an increasing number of people are fleeing Sana'a, the capital of Yemen.

The UN has warned the country is close to what it called "total collapse" as government troops continue to battle rebels.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

OCHA says that in the last 24 hours, air strikes have targeted areas across the country.

According to local sources, one strike in Sa'ada killed eight civilians.

And in Aden, fighting was reportedly spreading towards residential areas.

The latest UN estimates indicate around 550 people were killed and over 1,700 injured between 19 March and 3 April.

Displacement continues to be reported.

Increasing numbers of people from Sa'ada and Sana'a are reportedly moving to Amran Governorate.

Local partners estimate that up to 28,000 people have arrived in Amran since the crisis began.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is set to make emergency aid flights into Yemen's capital, Sana'a.

The ICRC, which is a UN partner agency, has been given permission to land planes carrying staff and medical supplies in Yemen.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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