The UN on Friday, April 17, in New York called for 273.7 million dollars in urgent aid to provide life-saving needs for civilians affected by the escalating conflict in Yemen.
About 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting, according to the UN, with 12 million short of food.
Meanwhile, al-Qaeda militants overran an arms depot in Yemen’s Hadramawt province, seizing heavy weapons.
A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels, who are advancing across the country.
The coalition is bombing 18 of Yemen’s 22 provinces, exacerbating an existing humanitarian crisis.
The UN said 731 people had been killed and 2,754 injured – many of them civilians – in three weeks between March and April. The numbers were likely to be an underestimate, it warned.
The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) is now calling for $273.7 million in donations.
“Ordinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel – basic requirements for their survival,” said Johannes Van Der Klaauw, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.
“To scale up assistance, we urgently need additional resources. I urge donors to act now to support the people of Yemen at this time of greatest need.”