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UN: Military operations escalate in Yemen as famine looms

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The U.N. special envoy for Yemen says military operations are escalating and the humanitarian and economic situations are rapidly deteriorating in the Arab world’s poorest nation, which is on the brink of famine.

In this Monday March 6 2017 photo, South Sudanese women wait for food distribution by the World Food Programme in Leer County, Southern Leich State in South Sudan. South Sudan's government is blocking desperately needed food aid and restricting United Nations peacekeepers, according to a confidential report by the U.N. secretary-general and a statement by a top U.N. official. An estimated 100,000 people are experiencing famine, and another 1 million people are on the brink of starvation, South Sudan's government and U.N. agencies said in late February. South Sudan is now Africa's largest migrant crisis as more than 3 million people have either fled the country or become internally displaced, according to the U.N.(Credits: AP Photo | Manila Bulletin)

(Credits: AP Photo | Manila Bulletin file photo)

Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is urging the U.N. Security Council to pressure Yemen’s government and Shiite Houthi rebels “to engage constructively” on political and security measures that he presented to them aimed at ending the war and creating a transitional government.

The war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 civilians and displaced over 3 million people. It has ground into a stalemate in recent months and U.N. peace efforts have faltered.

Ahmed told the council Wednesday: “It is my firm belief that further military escalation and humanitarian suffering will not bring the parties closer together.”

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