The United Nations launched an appeal on Friday for almost $275 million to aid 7.5 million people in Yemen over the next three months, as fighting intensifies in the south and air strikes pound 18 of Yemen’s 22 provinces.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has also called for an immediate ceasefire in fighting and has begun the hunt for a new peace envoy to the war-torn country
About 150,000 people have been displaced, 50% more than the previous UN estimate, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said. The agency said health facilities had reported 767 deaths from March 19 to April 13, almost certainly an underestimate.
Meanwhile, Saudi-led warplanes pounded a rebel convoy headed to bolster an assault on loyalist forces in Yemen’s second city Aden, while fighting raged in the third city of Taez
At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on the convoy headed out of Yemen’s largest air base, Al-Anad, provincial official Abedrabbo al-Mihwali said.
In Taez, north of Aden, at least 16 people were killed as soldiers that have remained loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi put up fierce resistance to an attack on their base by Houthi Shia rebels and renegade troops.
Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants were also killed in a drone strike believed to have been carried out by the US.