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UN: 47,000 displaced in Yemen since December

UN spokesman says escalating conflict in Taizz, Hudaydah fueling exodus

05.02.2018
UN: 47,000 displaced in Yemen since December

Ankara

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK 

Nearly 47,000 people have been displaced to Yemen’s coastal city of Aden because of rising unrest in two cities since late last year, the UN said Monday.

"Escalating conflict in Taizz and Hudaydah since December 2017 has displaced nearly 47,000 people to Aden and other governorates in the south," UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

The situation in Aden was reported "calm", with schools, ports and airports operating as normal and humanitarian activities were resuming, Dujarric said.

"Although food, fuel and medical imports are flowing again through all ports, the blockade in the weeks leading up to Dec. 20, 2017, had a severe impact on Yemeni families and businesses," he added.

Dujarric said food prices during the blockade rose 47 percent above average compared to before the conflict escalated in March 2015.

Aden has served as the temporary seat of the Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi since Houthi rebels overran much of Yemen, including the capital of Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies -- who accuse the Houthis of serving as an Iranian proxy -- launched a massive military campaign in Yemen in 2015 aimed at rolling back the Houthis’ territorial gains.


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