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UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 2, IRNA -- The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance.

The UN officials have said the Middle East's most impoverished country is a step away from famine, it was reported by Al-Jazeera on Wednesday.

Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien convened a meeting of UN agencies early Wednesday, and all agreed to declare a Level 3 humanitarian emergency in Yemen for six months.

The UN now faces four top-level humanitarian emergencies, with Level 3 emergencies also Iraq, Syria and South Sudan. The UN humanitarian office said the declaration of a top-level emergency mobilizes UN-wide staffing and funding to scale up aid delivery.

Last week the UN envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the country is 'one step' from famine. He urged all parties to the conflict to agree to a humanitarian pause during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends July 17, to allow desperately needed aid to be delivered.

An attempt last month at UN-led talks among Yemeni parties in Geneva failed to reach an agreement.

The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance. UN officials have said the Middle East's most impoverished country is a step away from famine.

Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien convened a meeting of UN agencies early Wednesday, and all agreed to declare a Level 3 humanitarian emergency in Yemen for six months.

The UN now faces four top-level humanitarian emergencies, with Level 3 emergencies also Iraq, Syria and South Sudan. The UN humanitarian office said the declaration of a top-level emergency mobilizes UN-wide staffing and funding to scale up aid delivery.

Last week the UN envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the country is 'one step' from famine. He urged all parties to the conflict to agree to a humanitarian pause during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends July 17, to allow desperately needed aid to be delivered.

An attempt last month at U-led talks among Yemeni parties in Geneva failed to reach an agreement.

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