$1.8 billion needed for humanitarian needs in Yemen

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Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the SC about Yemen’s situation. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

$1.8 billion are needed to address the most critical humanitarian needs across Yemen, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, made the appeal to members of the Security Council.

He said it was "now more important than ever to address the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen".

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Indiscriminate bombing and shelling by rival parties in Yemen since March 2015 has led to more than 35,000 casualties including 6,000 deaths reported by health facilities across the country.

Stephen O'Brien asked the Security Council and the international community to press upon the fighters "to facilitate unconditional and sustained access to all parts of Yemen".

"In two days' time, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2016 will be launched Geneva. This plan asks for $1.8 billion to address the most critical and prioritized needs across all governorates in the country, including food assistance for nearly 9 million people, water and sanitation support for 7.4 million people, urgent health support for 10.6 million people and emergency interventions to mitigate  growing and severe malnutrition rates."

Mr O'Brien also asked the Council to urge the parties to resume peace talks and agree to a ceasefire.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’04″

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