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The United Nation declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen

The United Nation declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen

Wednesday, July 1, the United Nation declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen, ravaged by a war between Shiite rebels and the government. Only three other countries in the world are placed at this level 3 humanitarian emergency: Iraq, Syria and South Sudan.

According to the UN, more than 21.1 million Yemenis now require humanitarian assistance – 80% of the population – 13 million of them are suffering from food shortages and 9.4 million have reduced access to water therefore, the United Nation declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen.

Last week, the UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had alarmed the fact that the country was “on the brink of starvation.” The UN emergency rescue plan includes priority 11.7 million Yemenis neediest, said a spokesman for the organization.

Continued fighting

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called in vain on many occasions a humanitarian truce in the fighting between the end of March the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels. Wednesday still in Aden continued fighting for more than three months, Houthists shot at dawn fifteen Katyusha rockets on the residential area of ​​Mansoura, told AFP a spokesman of the forces pro- government, Ali al-Ahmadi.

The first rockets fell on a busy street just before the start of the Muslim fasting day of Ramadan, he said. The rebels then intermittently shelled the same area, particularly affecting persons who buried the victims of the first shooting, according to the spokesman and witnesses. The head of Aden health sector has reported at least 31 dead and 103 wounded.

In the night, rebel positions in Dar Saad and Khor Maksar, two other districts of Aden, have been targeted by a series of air raids launched by the Arab coalition, under Saudi leadership, according to residents. In Aden, the population lacks food and diseases such as malaria, typhoid and dengue, occurred with deteriorating sanitary conditions, can not be cured, without medication.

Sidra Sajid
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