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‘3.5 million people flee homes across Yemen’

December 21, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Children are seen in front of makeshift tents at a refugee camp in Sana’a, Yemen on 11 April 2018 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

Around 3.5 million people across Yemen have fled their homes due to the conflict in the country, head of Turkish Red Crescent said on Friday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency in Yemen’s southern city of Lahij, Kerem Kinik said: “Two-third of the overall population have been struggling with food insecurity and hunger. Around 17-18 million people need help today.”

His remarks came as Turkish Red Crescent’s teams were distributing aid supplies at a tent city.

Kinik said that the majority of those staying in the tent city were the people, who fled conflicts in Al Hudaydah, the fourth largest city in the country.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and several of its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign in Yemen aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

While the Saudi-led coalition has succeeded in wresting some territory back from the Houthis, the Shia rebel group remains firmly ensconced in Sanaa and in several other parts of the country.

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