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UN: Over 500 People Killed in Yemen War in Past Two Weeks

03.04.2015 13:33

UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said Wednesday 519 people, including 90 children, have been killed and about 1,700 injured in the past two weeks of warfare in Yemen.

Yemen is in a confrontation as Houthi forces continue to overtake areas controlled by troops loyal to displaced President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who left the country amid escalating fighting. At the same time, al-Qaeda militants are gaining a foothold in the south of Yemen.

"I call on all parties involved to meet their obligations under international law and do their utmost to protect the ordinary women, children and men who are suffering the consequences of the conflict," Amos, who is also a United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, said.

The situation is getting worse because of a shortage of electricity, water and essential medicines caused by fierce fighting in Yemen. Thousands of citizens have left their homes and crossed the Red Sea to Djibouti and Somalia, according to Amos. The UN humanitarian chief asked that peace, security and stability in Yemen be restored immediately.