United Nations: 450 civilians lost their lives in Yemen within 9 days of August

United Nations: 450 civilians lost their lives in Yemen within 9 days of August

More than 450 civilians have lost their lives in Yemen during the first nine days of August due to the ongoing conflict in the country, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The statement was issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"The severity of the conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically over the past three months, especially in the province of Hodeidah (west)," the statement said.

"According to the Civilian Impact monitoring report, more than 450 civilians lost their lives in Yemen in the first nine days of August, making it one of the bloodiest periods since the conflict began in March (March 2015)," it added.

"UNHCR is strengthening its response to meet the most urgent protection needs of thousands of families displaced by the fighting in Hodeidah, a strategic coastal city with 80 percent of all food and aid to Yemen," the statement said.

The Commission called on all parties to "ensure the physical safety of civilians, their freedom of movement and secure safe routes for them to leave the areas of conflict".

For nearly four years, Yemen has been suffering from a war between government forces and armed men of the "al-Houthi", who control governorates, including Sana'a since 2014.

Since 2015, an Arab military coalition has been supporting Yemeni government forces in the face of al-Houthi, accused of receiving Iranian support.

The ongoing war has left very poor living and health conditions, and most of Yemen's population needs humanitarian assistance. -


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