UN’s deputy humanitarian chief tells the Security Council up to 4 million people could see their food aid reduced in the coming weeks as agencies are running short of money to keep going at the current scale.
Approaching winter and the coronavirus pandemic will aggravate an already complicated situation across the country, the director of the United Nations Population Fund said.
The military coup is fuelling the humanitarian crisis in the country as millions of people are likely to starve in the next six months.
Doctors Without Borders says it is “horrified by the brutal murder” of three colleagues in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the latest attack on humanitarian workers helping civilians in the deadly conflict there.
The war in Tigray was the subject of an informal closed meeting of the UN Security Council where aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that over 350,000 people were in famine conditions.
The Arab world’s poorest country has been in the midst of a perpetual humanitarian disaster for years but the situation can get even worse.
UNICEF’s statement comes day after UN warning that 2 million people are on brink of famine with hundreds of thousands of people already starving in the region.
Yemen’s Shia political alliance, which fought against a Saudi-led Gulf alliance for years, seeks more concessions from Riyadh, experts say.
Protesters say they are angry over a lack of services and delayed salaries, urging the UN to pressure the government into implementing economic reforms.
More than 88 million people were suffering from “acute hunger” at the end of 2020 due to conflict and instability, a 20 percent increase in one year, says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at UNSC meeting.
UN humanitarian agency says the risk of large-scale famine in the Arab world’s poorest country “has never been more acute."
The Iran-backed militants earlier this month renewed their attacks on the oil-rich Marib province, a government stronghold that has served as a sort of haven for around one million Yemenis who have fled Houthi offensives since the start of the war.
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