News in Brief 18 August 2015 (AM)

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The conflict in Yemen particularly affects the most vulnerable which includes the elderly, children, women and the disabled. UN File Photo: OCHA/Eman Al-Awami

Civilian casualties in Yemen continue to be reported

Civilian casualties continue to be reported as a consequence of the armed conflict in Yemen, according to the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

Estimates indicate that during the first two weeks of August, at least 119 civilians were killed or injured in the Middle Eastern country.

Since the escalation of the armed conflict at the end of March due to fighting between government and rebel forces, OHCHR has recorded at least 1,950 civilians killed.

"Grisly" details of asphyxiation shared with IOM staff

Details of an asphyxiation that claimed dozens of migrants' lives have been shared with staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The UN partner agency met survivors of what was described as "another Mediterranean tragedy" over this past weekend.

On Saturday, in the Channel of Sicily, 49 migrants were found dead on a ship carrying over 300 people.

The survivors were rescued by an Italian Navy ship, 21 miles off Libya's coast.

Frontline heroes lauded on eve of World Humanitarian Day

Frontline heroes are being lauded by the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) ahead of World Humanitarian Day marked annually on 19 August.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ertharin Cousin said she was paying tribute to those who selflessly strive to meet the pressing needs of the vulnerable.

With 80 percent of humanitarian work now in countries and regions affected by conflict, she said the task of giving life-saving assistance is increasingly life-threatening.

She added that over the last year, four WFP staff members in South Sudan disappeared without a trace.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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