Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yemen: UN Renews Push to End Conflict as Death Toll Passes 10,000

The death toll in the war in Yemen has risen to more than 10,000, according to the UN, with the organization launching a fresh plea for all sides involved in fighting to put an end to the two-tear conflict.

Without being able to paint an exact picture of the number of dead in the country, UN Yemen Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick, said estimates suggested "that over 10,000 people have been killed in this conflict and almost 40,000 people injured."

The UN also estimated that of those fatalities, 4,200 have been civilians.

The figures are considered to be low estimates as they don't include numbers of people recorded as having died in hospitals and health centers.

"This once more underscores the need to resolve the situation in Yemen without any further delay," Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN general secretary, said in New York.

"There's been a huge humanitarian cost."

The war in Yemen has had a devastating effect on the country, with an estimated 20 million people — 80 percent of the population — in need of some sort of humanitarian aid, while more than 3 million have been displaced.

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