20 million people in need of assistance in Yemen

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Displaced people in Aden, Yemen. Photo: WFP Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

Over 20 million people are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

Fighting is continuing in the Gulf country between rebels and government forces.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance include around one million who fled their homes during May and the end of March.

The population of Yemen is just under 25 million.

OCHA said the number of displaced is expected to increase further over the coming weeks if the conflict continues.

Spokesperson Jens Laerke said the death toll is also increasing.

"Over 2,200 people have lost their lives – half of them civilians – and nearly 10,000 have been injured according to an update at the end of May. These estimates are considered conservative and preliminary."

The UN has said it is “working intensively” to bring Yemeni parties together in Geneva as soon as possible for political consultations in the hope of ending the conflict.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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