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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

UN envoy urges concrete action to end Yemen conflict


New York (IINA) � The increasing battles of attrition are extracting a terrible toll on the country’s women, men and children, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the Security Council on Wednesday, calling for concrete action to end the fighting.

The country is not suffering from a single emergency but a number of complex emergencies, said Cheikh Ahmed, noting that more than 20 million across Yemen are affected, including almost seven million at the risk of famine.

According to UN News, of most concern is the rapid spread of cholera across the country, with at least 300,000 suspected cases and over 1,700 deaths. Tackling the disease has become even more complicated with Yemen’s health system is on the verge of collapse.

Tens of thousands of healthcare workers have not been paid for many months, more than half of the country’s health facilities have closed and supplies of medicine and medical equipment remain severely limited, Cheikh Ahmed said in his briefing to the Security Council.

Yemen’s political leaders must listen and heed the calls of the Yemeni people demanding peace. History will not judge kindly those who have used the war to increase their influence or profit from the public finances, and Yemenis’ patience will not last, he added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency