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    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)
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    The situation is aggravated by a shortage of electricity, water and essential medicines caused by fierce fighting in Yemen. Many thousands have fled their homes and crossed the Red Sea to Djibouti and Somalia.

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

    Yemen is currently in a confrontation as Houthi forces continue to overtake areas controlled by troops loyal to displaced President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who fled the country amid escalating fighting. Meanwhile, 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 on Wednesday.

    The situation is aggravated by a shortage of electricity, water and essential medicines caused by fierce fighting in Yemen. Many thousands have fled 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.

    On March 25, an international coalition headed by Saudi Arabia launched a missile attack against Houthi positions in Yemen following a request for military support from Yemeni President Hadi.

    Amnesty International said on Tuesday that the Saudi-led coalition is failing to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen with its airstrikes having resulted in dozens of dead people, including children.

    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)


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