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UN: Humanitarian situation deteriorating in Yemen

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Humanitarian situation deteriorating in Yemen

GENEVA – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Yemen said Thursday that half of the population of Yemen needs humanitarian assistance.

“In Yemen, there are one million acutely malnourished children. It is the highest number after Afghanistan,” Johannes Van Der Klaauw, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen said at a press conference.

Klaauw continued saying that in addition to 1.33 million people being displaced “7.6 million people need urgent need of humanitarian assistance.”

UN humanitarian agencies have appealed for US$592 million from international donors and countries within the framework of the UN humanitarian response plan for Yemen.

Klaauw added that the political transition process in the country is in jeopardy and UN humanitarian workers have also been dealing with concerns over security.

Approximately 1,000 Yemeni’s are being expelled by Saudi Arabia every day and since June 2013 around 550,000 Yemeni’s have been expelled, which is forcing them to return to Yemen adding to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.