UN appeals for $2.1 bn to avert famine in strife-torn Yemen

Geneva: The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $2.1 billion to provide food and other life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen who face the threat of famine after two years of war. "The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating," Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said in the appeal document.

Yemen has been divided by nearly two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting, which has unleashed a humanitarian crisis. In all, nearly 19 million Yemenis need assistance and protection.

'Islamic State has sufficient funds '

Islamic State (IS) has "sufficient funds" to continue fighting and might resort to covert communications, the UN political chief warned yesterday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman expressed concern that IS will try to expand other sources of income, such as kidnap-ping for ransom, and increase its reliance on donations as it adopts to increased pressure.

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