In New York UN issues $274 million appeal for Yemen

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.

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Johannes Van-Der-Klaauw

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The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Johannes Van-Der-Klaauw, said the devastating conflict in Yemen has come against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that is already one of the largest and most complex worldwide.

He said thousands of families have fled their homes as a result of the fighting and airstrikes.

Van-Der-Klaauw said ordinary families are struggling to access health care, water, food, fuel and other basic requirements for survival.

He said the number of people struggling to have enough food has increased in Yemen from 10.6 million to 12 million.

"The humanitarian community in Yemen continues to operate and deliver assistance, including through Yemeni national staff and national partners," he said.

He said to scale up assistance additional resources are urgently needed.

“I urge donors to act now to support the people of Yemen at this time of greatest need," he said.

On Thursday, April 16, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon called for an immediate ceasefire to clear the way for the start of peace talks and humanitarian deliveries.

Saudi Arabia and eight Sunni fellow Arab countries are engaged in an air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world.