"Grave concern" over civilian deaths in Aden, Yemen

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Due to a lack of fuel, electricity and wheat, few bakeries are operating in Taiz, Yemen, forcing residents to stand in long lines for bread. Photo:UNDP Yemen

"Grave concern" has been voiced by the UN over the deaths of civilians in Aden, Yemen.

Reports from the port city say scores of people, many of them women and children, are being killed and injured in hostilities.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports

Yemen continues to suffer from conflict as rebels attempt to take control of the country.

The UN estimates that some 650 people have died.

Fighting between rebels and government forces has led to the widespread destruction of infrastructure and people's houses.

Trond Jensen is based in the capital Sana'a with the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

"We have asked for a humanitarian pause which will enable us to reach people who are in need. It will also give civilian populations a respite."

Meanwhile, talks aimed at getting the political process in Yemen back on track are underway.

The Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, was due in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday to prepare a ceasefire agreement.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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