United Nations says two contractors detained in Yemen

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 31, 2015 9:56 AM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Saturday two contractors with the world body had been detained in Yemen, but gave no further details on the incident.

"Two contractors have been detained and the Deputy Secretary-General (Jan Eliasson) is looking into it," a U.N. spokesman said.

A Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war in March to try to restore the government after it was toppled by Iran-allied Houthi forces, but a mounting civilian death toll and dire humanitarian situation has alarmed human rights groups.

The United Nations has designated Yemen as one of its highest-level humanitarian crises, alongside emergencies in South Sudan, Syria and Iraq. It says more than 21 million people in Yemen need help, or about 80 percent of the population.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Digby Lidstone)