Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • Gaza conflict rages on despite pledges of truce

    Read more

  • France calls on its nationals to leave Libya as violence escalates

    Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnap Cameroon minister's wife in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

  • Netanyahu says Hamas 'violating its own ceasefire'

    Read more

  • Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr festival

    Read more

  • ‘Irresponsible’ American dad tries to scale Mont Blanc with children

    Read more

  • Ukraine fighting prevents observers from accessing MH17 crash site

    Read more

  • In pictures: Crowds flock to enjoy the Tour de France show

    Read more

  • Video: At the scene of the Air Algérie crash in Mali

    Read more

  • Costa Concordia arrives in port of Genoa to be scrapped

    Read more

  • In pictures: Youths clash with police at banned Gaza protest

    Read more

  • Russia lashes out at new EU sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Bodies of all Air Algérie crash victims to be brought to France

    Read more

  • Syrian army and ISIS both claim advances

    Read more

  • Briton kidnapped in Yemen freed after five months

    Read more

  • New round of Gaza ceasefire talks takes place in Paris

    Read more

Middle east

UN launches aid appeal for 150,000 displaced by fighting

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-02

The United Nations has launched a $23.5 million appeal to help 150,000 people displaced in Yemen since 2004 by fighting between Shiite rebels and government troops. The UN estimates that 55,000 of them have fled since fighting intensified in July.

AFP - The United Nations on Wednesday launched a 23.5 million dollar appeal to help 150,000 people displaced in northern Yemen by fighting between Shiite rebels and government troops.
   
"The UN has approved 38 projects in total... on food, shelter, water sanitation, health," John Holmes, who is the UN's humanitarian chief told journalists.
   
The UN estimates that some 150,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in northern Yemen since 2004. Among them, 55,000 had fled their homes amid intensified fighting since July.
   
Highlighting the problem of access faced by relief organisations, Holmes said that even data on the displaced is an estimate.
   
While some of the victims have made their way to camps, others have sought refuge in "schools, abandoned buildings" while others may not even have shelter.
   
"For the moment there is no response from the rebels concerning the ceasefire offered by the government," said Holmes.
   
An offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Zaidis -- also known as Huthis -- are a minority in mainly Sunni Yemen but form the majority community in the north and want to overthrow the immate overthrown in a 1962 coup.
   
Thousands of people have been killed since the conflict first erupted in 2004.
   
On Wednesday, the rebel group's leader threatened a war of attrition, a day after the government refused his offer of a truce in renewed fighting that has raged since August 11.
 

Date created : 2009-09-02

COMMENT(S)