The United Nations warns of mass starvation in Yemen before the donors conference


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Cairo (AFP) – A United Nations humanitarian agency warned on Sunday that more than 16 million people in Yemen will suffer from hunger this year, with nearly half a million people in the war-torn country living in starvation-like conditions.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said the risk of widespread famine in the poorest country in the Arab world “has never been more acute,” adding that years-long conflict, economic decline, and institutional collapse. The immense humanitarian needs in all sectors.

The stark warning comes a day before the pledging conference hosted by Sweden and Switzerland. The story continues

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that the fighting in Marib has displaced more than 8,000 civilians, especially from the Serwah area, which hosts about 30,000 displaced people in at least 14 camps. She added that Sirwah witnessed the heaviest fighting.

The agency warned that 380,000 more people could be displaced if the actual fighting reaches the city of Marib, the provincial capital, where the camps for the displaced are already crowded.

Meanwhile, the United Nations mission in the strategic city said on Sunday that an explosion occurred in the coastal city of Hodeidah, killing at least five civilians and wounding three others overnight in a residential area in Al-Hawal area.

The mission, known as UNMHA, did not specify the cause of the explosion or who was behind it.


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