The United Nations, the Yemeni Government and several humanitarian organizations have launched an urgent appeal for $23.5 million to provide food and shelter to an estimated 150,000 people who have been displaced by recent fighting in the north.
Continuing clashes between Government forces and rebels have trapped civilians inside a city in northern Yemeni city, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today, stressing that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating daily.
The United Nations refugee agency has called for the establishment of safe corridors in northern Yemen so civilians can flee heavy fighting between Government forces and rebels and humanitarian workers can reach the displaced to deliver much-needed aid.
The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for “immediate and secure” access to people uprooted by escalating clashes – mostly children and women – between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.
The United Nations is helping civilians caught up in violence between Government troops and rebels in the mountains of northern Yemen, with the world body estimating that over 100,000 people have been affected by the upsurge in fighting.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expressing concern about escalating hostilities in the mountains of northern Yemen, where civilians are reported to be trapped in the middle of deadly fighting between Government forces and rebels.