Yemen: More measures needed to protect civilians

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The Yemeni city of Sa’ada has been heavily hit by airstrikes since conflict escalated in March 2015 in Yemen. File Photo: OCHA / Philippe Kropf

The UN Security Council has been urged to encourage warring sides in Yemen to return to the negotiating table.

The appeal was made by UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O'Brien, who briefed the chamber on Thursday.

A year of fighting between rebels and government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, has killed more than 6,000 civilians.

Peace talks were due to resume in January but a new date has not been decided.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Civilians in Yemen face daily "relentless and indiscriminate" shelling and bombing, according to Mr O'Brien.

The humanitarian chief said more than 2,000 children have been killed since the start of the conflict.

Ninety have been killed so far this year alone.

He spoke to the Security Council via videoconference from Brussels.

"Once again, I underscore the urgent need of this Council and the international community more broadly, to impress upon the parties to the conflict their obligations to take greater measures to protect civilians, to facilitate unconditional and sustained access to all parts of Yemen, and I also ask the Council to press the parties to resume peace talks and agree to a cessation of hostilities."

Mr O'Brien said the UN and its partners continue to support millions of desperate citizens, despite challenges.

Last month, over three million Yemenis received food assistance, nearly half a million more than in January.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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