Around 2M Yemenis internally displaced, UNHCR says

Published 19.09.2017 23:52

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report posted Monday on ReliefWeb that the number of internally displaced people in Yemen had reached nearly 2 million due to the ongoing conflict in the country.

It said 84 percent of the nearly 1,980,510 people have been internally displaced for over a year. The report also said 946,044 internally displaced people had returned to their homes and 280,623 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Somalia and Ethiopia, are in the country.

Additionally, the report said the "UNHCR remains deeply concerned by the significant impact the escalating hostilities are having on the protection of civilians and on the increase of newly displaced persons." The conflict in Yemen has raged since 2014, when Houthi militias and their allies overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. Three years of war between the Houthis and government forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition have killed more than 8,000 people and wounded 45,000 others. According to the U.N. human rights agency, civilians account for nearly 5,000 of the recorded deaths and more than 8,500 of the injuries. ReliefWeb is the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. It is a specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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