25/08/09

UN NEWS

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the escalation of fighting between Al Houthi rebels and the government forces in northern Yemen over the past few days is worsening an already dire humanitarian situation there.

UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says the agency is especially worried about the situation in the provincial capital Sa’ada city.

Yemeni man

Yemeni man

“There is no water and no electricity in the city since 10 August. There is also a shortage of fuel and it is becoming increasingly dangerous and hard for the people to reach the market and get food. Our staff on the ground had registered some 700 newly displaced families over the past two weeks. However, registration has been suspended due to security situation inside the city and the 24 hour curfew.”

In the neighboring governorate, southwest of Sa’ada, UNHCR has provided shelter materials to almost 6,000 people. It is also working with the Yemeni Red Crescent to set up a camp for 3,500 people near Hajja, about 130 kilometres from Sa’ada city.

Bissera Kostova, United Nations.
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Andrej Mahecic, UNHCR spokesman

“There is no water and no electricity in the city since 10 August. There is also a shortage of fuel and it is becoming increasingly dangerous and hard for the people to reach the market and get food. Our staff on the ground had registered some 700 newly displaced families over the past two weeks. However, registration has been suspended due to security situation inside the city and the 24 hour curfew.”

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