News in Brief 05 May 2015 (PM)

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Two boys sit amid belongings on the roof of a vehicle fleeing Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohammed Hamoud

Around 650 deaths reported in Yemen

The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives, including 50 women and 131 children, according to figures released by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

More than 1,300 civilians have been injured.

There has also been severe destruction of civilian infrastructure, including houses, in many districts.

The Human Rights Office expressed particular concern about airstrikes which hit a military field hospital in Damnat Khadeer District.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"UN Human Rights field monitors were denied access to the site, so it has been difficult to verify the death toll and establish who the victims were."

US$1 billion needed for humanitarian work in Sudan

A humanitarian response plan for Sudan totalling US$1 billion has been launched by the international community in consultation with the Government of Sudan.

The UN says 5.4 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance in the country.

Organizations in Sudan say they require over $1 billion to fund projects delivered by 112 humanitarian partners.

International community failing Niger and Chad

The international community is failing in its responsibility to support Niger and Chad as it attempts to cope with the impact of turmoil in the region, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA .

Speaking after a visit to the two African countries, the agency's Operations Director John Ging, said they currently host more than 850,000 refugees and returnees from neighbouring countries.

He added they are beset by multiple, overlapping crises driven by a harsh and worsening climate, acute poverty and minimal infrastructure.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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