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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

UN aid chief: Fight against famine is being lost in Yemen

Mark Lowcock said the situation "has deteriorated in an alarming way in recent weeks"

 A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the northern district of Abs in the northwestern Hajjah province. AFP 
 A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the northern district of Abs in the northwestern Hajjah province. AFP 

The U.N. humanitarian chief is warning that the fight against famine is being lost in Yemen, which is already facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis with 75 percent of its 29 million people in need of assistance.

Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Friday that the situation "has deteriorated in an alarming way in recent weeks."

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He says the situation is "bleak," adding: "We may now be approaching a tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country."

Mr Lowcock says two recent developments threaten to overwhelm the aid operation — a serious economic deterioration that has reduced the value of Yemen's currency by some 30 percent and intensified fighting around the key port of Hodeida.