Humanitarian crisis in Yemen worsens as fighting intensifies

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In just three weeks, the violence in Yemen has had devastating humanitarian consequences. Photo: IRIN/Annasofie Flamand

The escalating conflict in Yemen is aggravating an already large-scale humanitarian crisis according to the UN's humanitarian coordinator for the Gulf country.

The UN estimates that 150,000 people have been displaced by ongoing fighting since March.

It says 12 million people need humanitarian support.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Fighting between government forces and rebels, and airstrikes launched by a coalition in support of the government have impacted virtually the entire country.

The toll on civilians has been immense.

Conservative estimates indicate that close to 1,100 people have been killed, some 4,350 injured, and over 150,000 displaced.

A recent upsurge in violence has further deepened the hardships faced by ordinary Yemenis according to UN humanitarian coordinator, Johannes van der Klaauw.

He said it was imperative that all parties to the conflict protect civilians from the effects of the fighting in compliance with international humanitarian law.

He has called for a pause in the fighting so that aid can be delivered to millions of people in need.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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