Yemen: UN delivers life-saving food aid to nearly 150,000 besieged residents in Taiz

Braving fighting, airstrikes and checkpoints to bring life-saving aid to Yemenis living in dire conditions under a virtual state of siege, United Nations convoys have reached the central city of Taiz with enough food for nearly 145,000 people for a month, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.

Yemen: peace talks to start next week among warring parties, regional actors, says UN envoy

After several weeks of intensive consultations with the warring parties in Yemen, as well as with regional and international players, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country today announced that the parties have agreed to open on 15 December in Switzerland, a series of talks aimed at establishing a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.

Harsh conditions in Djibouti camp still a welcome relief for Yemini refugees

The conditions may be harsh but for thousands of refugees from neighbouring Yemen, a UN camp in Djibouti represents a safe haven.

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Yemen: Ban calls for prompt investigation after Saudi-led airstrikes destroy another health clinic

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the airstrikes carried out yesterday by the Saudi-led Coalition on a mobile health clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Taiz city, Yemen, which injured seven people and destroyed the clinic.

Yemen faces dire health crisis with major funding gap and 15.2 million lacking care, UN warns

More than 15.2 million Yemenis now lack access to health care services, well over half the war-torn country’s total population, yet there is a 55 per cent gap in requested international funding to address the crisis, according to the United Nations health agency.

Central Yemeni city of Taiz under virtual siege, 200,000 need water, food – UN relief chief

The situation in the central Yemeni city of Taiz has worsened amid intensified fighting since September, with 200,000 civilians living under virtual siege, in dire need drinking water, food, medical treatment, and other life-saving aid, the top United Nations relief official said today.

UN: more than 21 million people in Yemen need basic humanitarian aid

Some 21.2 million people in Yemen – or 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of assistance to meet their basic needs, according to a recently-published overview of the country’s humanitarian needs for the next year carried out by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Senior UN relief official warns health and education systems in war-torn Yemen ‘near collapse’

Warning that “humanitarian agencies cannot be a substitute for [Yemen’s] basic services,” a senior United Nations relief official wrapped up a three-day visit to the country stressing that its health and education systems in the country are on the brink of collapse and stressed that “peace is the only solution to prevent a humanitarian disaster.”

Yemen: UN warns humanitarian situation has deteriorated 'drastically' as conflict claims 5,700 lives

The United Nations said today that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in over 32,000 casualties, with people 5,700 killed, including 830 women and children, alongside a sharp rise in human rights violations – nearly 8,875 or an average of 43 violations occurring every day.

Reverse exodus: refugees flee Yemen for strife-riven Horn of Africa, UN reports

In a reversal of a multi-year boat exodus that has seen hundreds of thousands of Somalis risk death at sea to flee their strife-riven land to seek refuge in Yemen, thousands of Yemenis are now fleeing from their own war-torn country to Djibouti, Somalia's neighbour, across the Gulf of Aden.