More than 80% of Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance

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WHO has provided 35 tonnes of medical supplies to health facilities. Photo: WHO/Sadeq Al-Wesabi

More than 80 per cent of people in Yemen, some 21.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.

That's according to a new report issued by the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA).

The report finds that the on-going violence in the country, which has claimed more than 2,500 lives has had a dramatic impact on the well-being of people's lives in Yemen.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

According to the Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview published Tuesday, the vast majority of people in Yemen – some 82 per cent in all – require humanitarian assistance to either meet their basic survival needs, or to protect their fundamental rights.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"Six months of conflict have taken a severe toll on civilians' lives and their basic rights. Health facilities report more than 32,000 casualties since the end of March, many of them civilians. In the same period, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified close to 9,000 reports of human rights violations."

Aid organizations estimate that around 14 million people do not have enough food in Yemen, while a similar number lack sufficient access to healthcare. 

There are about 2.3 million people displaced within Yemen, while more than 120,000 have managed to flee the country.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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