The UN humanitarian chief warned the grave humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region is deteriorating, with no sign of Eritrean troops withdrawing and alarmingly widespread reports of systematic rape and other sexual violence.
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.
United Nations warns of a “death sentence” for the war-torn country as donor conference yields less than half the funds needed to alleviate world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
The Iran-backed Houthi assault on Marib not only threatens the UN-backed government’s last line of defense but also risks a dire humanitarian crisis.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Houthis a “foreign terrorist organisation.” The UN fears that such a designation can worsen the ongoing famine.
The calls from the United Nations three top officials come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Iran-linked Houthis a “foreign terrorist organisation.”
UN humanitarian chief and the heads of 10 UN agencies and several officials and humanitarian organisations issue a joint statement saying “Covid-19 is spreading rapidly across the country already experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis”.
With an overwhelming majority already reeling from poverty, the ongoing pandemic has exacerbated food shortages across Syria.
Despite the opposition taking back the town of Saraqib alongside Turkish forces, there are still 900,000 refugees fleeing towards the Turkish border in the depths of a bitter winter.
Russia-backed Syrian regime onslaught in Idlib province has reached a "horrifying new level," says Mark Lowcock, UN head of relief affairs, adding babies are dying of cold because aid camps are full.
In an attempt to threaten Turkey over its limited cross-border operation in Syria, many European countries discontinued selling arms to Ankara, while they continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia to fuel its full-scale war in Yemen.
UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock tells Security Council to take action to end the "carnage" in Syria's Idlib province, saying the Council members have "done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes."
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