Humanitarian situation in Yemen worsens

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Yemenis hold placards during a rally protesting UN silence on ongoing Saudi-led military operations in the country, a day after Yemen’s UN-backed peace talks ended without a breakthrough, outside the UN offices in Sana’a, Yemen, 21 December 2015. Talks between representatives of Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Houthis which began 15 December, amid a temporary truce that was frequently broken by all sides, including the Saudi-led coalition that has been backing Hadi, ended inconclusively, though attendees pledged to meet again in January. Meanwhile ongoing fighting in Yemen has led to the deaths of 1000s of civilians, and left millions desperately in need of humanitarian assistance.

2.5 million Yemeni citizens were forced to abandon their homes, as the civilian casualties because of the war are increasing


The situation in Yemen has substantially deteriorated since the conflict broke out in early 2015, with a nine per cent increase in the internally displaced persons (IDPs), which have reached 2.5 million, according to a recent United Nations-backed report on the issue.

“The ongoing conflict, damage to civilian infrastructure, and strain on already depleted resources have exacerbated an already precarious humanitarian situation,” Johannes van der Klaauw, the Representative of the Office of the ...


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