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UNICEF provides humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced Yemenis

Assistance provided to 66,000 displaced Yemenis over past 6 months

UNICEF provides humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced Yemenis

SANAA, Yemen

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday said it has distributed humanitarian assistance to nearly 66,000 displaced Yemenis in the past six months.

In a statement, UNICEF said the assistance included "food, family basic hygiene kits and female dignity kits."

The humanitarian aid was part of UNICEF’s Rapid Response Mechanism program which aims "to reach the hardest-hit parts of Yemen," the UN agency added.

According to UN figures, there are around 4.3 million Yemenis displaced since the start of the conflict in Yemen in 2014.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014 when Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A Saudi-led military coalition entered the war in early 2015 to restore the Yemeni government to power.

The eight-year conflict has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with millions suffering from hunger.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

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