Yemen

Senior UN official pleads for access to Yemeni city of Taiz to avert humanitarian tragedy

The World Food Programme (WFP) today pleaded for the “‘safe and immediate access” to Taiz, where food aid last reached the besieged city in southern Yemen five weeks ago, warning that “if this situation continues the damage from hunger will be irreversible.”

Yemen: Ban calls for all warring parties to halt operations after Saudi-led airstrikes destroy hospital

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that hit the Hayadeen Medical Hospital in the Sa’dah governorate, which is run by Médecins Sans Frontières with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Despite raging conflict, scores of refugees continue to arrive in Yemen by sea – UN

The ongoing conflict and the widening humanitarian crisis in Yemen has not deterred nearly 70,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants to reach the country by sea causing the Yemini population to ‘bear the brunt,’ said the United Nations refugee agency today.

Peace talks on Yemen conflict soon to get underway

Negotiations aimed at ending the bloodshed in Yemen will soon get underway, aimed at restoring peace to the beleaguered country.

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Yemen: UN envoy says negotiations only way to end country's 'terrible cocktail' of dramatic crises

Stressing that a political solution is key to resolving the "terrible cocktail" of crises in Yemen, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country today announced that preparations have begun for talks between the conflict parties.

‘Yemen is ablaze,’ UN envoy tells Security Council, pressing for peace talks to end civilian suffering

Citing the disastrous humanitarian consequences of the crisis in Yemen, the United Nations special envoy on the situation told the Security Council today that the ongoing violence has left the country “bleeding and its cities collapsing,” and he added that peace talks are the only way to restore the hope of Yemeni people “after all the suffering…crisis they have been victims of.”

Sounding alarm on widening crisis in Yemen, UN rights office says civilians paying ‘terrible toll’

The United Nations human rights office said today that the humanitarian situation in Yemen’s highland Taiz governorate is deteriorating rapidly in the wake of a recent attack by members of the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis which targeted residential areas and left 15 civilians dead, injured 73 others and left homes, shops, a clinic and a school partially destroyed.

Yemen: 3.3 million people in need of critical aid in besieged Taiz, warns UN health agency

The top United Nations health official in Yemen is appealing for unrestricted access to Taiz, where “innocent lives are at risk” in the besieged highland city where more than 3.3 million people are in critical need of health assistance, safe drinking water, food and fuel.

Yemen: UN envoy completes visit to Saudi Arabia as part of efforts to secure peace

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen today concluded a visit to Saudi Arabia before his briefing to the Security Council this week on his preparations for peace talks that he hopes will “lead to concrete benefits for the Yemeni people and the foundation for sustainable peace.”

More than half a million children now risk 'severe malnutrition' in Yemen – UNICEF

Yemen’s spiralling crisis has caused “alarming malnutrition levels” among children because of the limited availability of and lack of access to food due to blocked or damaged delivery routes and restrictions on food and fuel imports caused by the conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.