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Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

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AL-HANABIYA, Yemen -- When Issa Nasser was born late last year in a village in northern Yemen, his weight was about 3 kilograms, or 6.6 pounds. Now, the 7-month-old infant weighs nearly the same — less than half the average weight for his age — and has wafer-thin skin and emaciated limbs. Issa’s condition mirrors what the U.N. children’s agency warned about last week, that millions of children in war-torn Yemen could be pushed to the brink of starvation as the coronavirus sweeps across the Arab world’s poorest country and as humanitarian agencies suffer from a huge drop in funding. The baby's father, Ibrahim Nasser, a 51-year-old displaced fisherman now living in the village of al-Hanabiya in the district of Abs in Hajjah province, said the family has spent most of Issa's months-long life
Saudi-led coalition, U.N. voice worries over Yemen separatists’ declaration of self-rule

Saudi-led coalition, U.N. voice worries over Yemen separatists’ declaration of self-rule

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April 28 (UPI) -- A declaration of self-rule by a separatist group in Yemen has caused military and diplomatic leaders to call for calm, fearing the move may reignite violence between the Southern Transitional Council and the internationally recognized Yemeni government. The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, diplomats and the United Nations on Monday called on the STC to refrain from escalating tensions in the already war-torn country, urging it to adhere to a power-sharing agreement it signed with the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in November. "The coalition demands an end to any escalatory actions and calls for return to the agreement by participating parities, stressing the immediate need for implementation without delay and the need to prioritize the Yem...
Saudi-UAE coalition releases 128 Houthi prisoners to Yemen

Saudi-UAE coalition releases 128 Houthi prisoners to Yemen

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Nov. 28 (UPI) -- More than 100 Houthi prisoners of war returned to Yemen Thursday after being released by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Yemen's main airport, which had been closed since 2016 by the Saudi-UAE coalition, reopened briefly to receive 128 of 200 freed Houthis, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which supervised the arrival. "This release is excellent news for the freed detainees and their families in Yemen with whom they will be reunited," Kedir Awol Omar, the ICRC's head of mission in Saudi Arabia, said. Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, has thanked the Saudis for releasing the Yemenis, his office announced in a tweet. Last December, warring parties reached an agreement in Sweden to release each other's ...

UN says suspected cholera cases in Yemen surge to 460,000

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War-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the increased number of cases has led to 705 apparent cholera deaths since January, dramatically higher than the 75 deaths in the same period last year. Haq said the spread of cholera across the country has been accelerated by recent flash flooding, poor maintenance of waste management systems and a lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation. The United Nations and its partners are operating nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities across Yemen, but Haq said that "funding remains an urgent issue." The U.N. humanitarian appeal for $ 4.2 billion to help more
Yemen ceasefire 'broken in minutes' after clashes

Yemen ceasefire 'broken in minutes' after clashes

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Clashes erupted in Yemen just minutes after a ceasefire deal took effect in the country, a government official says. The warring sides had agreed for a truce deal to be implemented in the country's flashpoint city of Hodeida at midnight local time.But one pro-government official told AFP news agency that clashes were ongoing in the east of the Red Sea city, which is used as a crucial gateway for humanitarian aid.On Monday, the United Nations said the deal was agreed following talks in Sweden last Thursday between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and the Houthi rebels, and included an "immediate ceasefire" in Hodeida and its surroundings. Image: Yemeni pro-government forces gather in the port city of Hodeida Some hoped i...