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UN Senior Official to Visit Yemen for First-hand Observation

The United Nations Under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs is due to start a three-day visit to Yemen to see first-hand the situations in the most impoverished Arab country, where war has made it the world’s worst humanitarian crisis .

Mark Lowcock, the UN aid chief is travelling to the war-torn country on Thursday as diplomatic efforts have recently been intensified to end the war that has pushed millions of people to the bring of starvation.

The three-day visit beginning Thursday will allow the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs to see first-hand the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, a UN statement said Wednesday.

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is hoping to bring the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels to Sweden in the coming days for negotiations on ending the three-year conflict.

Furthermore, at least 8 million people are at risk of starvation in Yemen, but UN aid officials fear four million more will face mass hunger if the fighting continues.

The aid chief, who last visited Yemen in October 2017, will hold talks with officials in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa and in government-controlled Aden.

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