UN Says 10,000 Killed In Yemen War, Nearly Twice Other Estimates

تم نشره في Tue 30 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Tue 30 August / Aug 2016. 03:54 PM
  • U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick addresses a news conference in Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2016. – (REUTERS)

CAPITALS — At least 10 thousand people have been killed in Yemen's 18-month-old civil war, the United Nations on Tuesday, almost double the estimates of more than 6,000 cited by officials and aid workers for much of 2016.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick told a news conference in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa the new figure was based on official information from medical facilities in Yemen. It might rise as some areas had no medical facilities, and people were often buried without any official record being made.

The conflict has displaced three million Yemenis and forced 200 thousand  people to seek refuge abroad, McGoldrick said.

Coalition Air raid in Yemen - (AFP)

The United Nations had information that 900 thousand of those displaced intended to try to return to their homes, he said.

"This is a big challenge, especially in areas still experiencing conflict," McGoldrick said.

Some 14 million of Yemen's 26 million population need food aid and 7 million are suffering from food insecurity, he said.