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UN: Humanitarian situation in Yemen 'deteriorating'

Natalia Kanem

Abdullatif Al-Washali
Press TV, Sana'a

Amid the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund Natalia Kanem has held a press conference in Sana'a to inform the public about the results of her visit to Yemen.

She said the number of deaths among mothers is getting higher every year.

The UN official said a woman dies every two hours due to the lack of health services as only 20% of health facilities are suitable for providing healthcare to mothers and infants.

She also said 1.2 million pregnant and breastfeeding women suffer from malnutrition, and the number could double due to the lack of funding.

The participants said the conference did not bring anything new and the situation will remain the same unless they see real steps toward ending the suffering of the Yemenis.

The United Nations described the situation in war-torn country as the world's worst humanitarian crisis but has failed to help end the suffering of the Yemenis resulting from six years of deadly war and blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition.

The United Nations continues showing its concern for the lives of the women and children of Yemen and says it needs further funding to provide the people in need of humanitarian aid and end the ongoing crisis in the war-torn country.


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