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UN Agencies Warn Yemen Sliding Into 'deepening Catastrophe'

As the conflict in Yemen passes the grim 1,000-day milestone, the United Nations warns that if humanitarian workers cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.

"As violence has escalated in recent days, children and families are yet again being killed in attacks and bombardments,' the heads of key UN agencies said Friday in a joint statement, as they once again appeal to parties to the conflict to immediately allow full humanitarian access in Yemen and to stop the fighting.

Some 75 per cent of Yemen's population is in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it. At least 60 per cent of Yemenis are now food insecure and 16 million people do not have access to safe water and proper sanitation. Less than half of Yemen's health facilities are fully functional and medical staff has gone months without being paid their salaries.

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