UN envoy says the conflict in Yemen is intensifying daily

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Posted: Jul 12, 2017 12:56 PM
UN envoy says the conflict in Yemen is intensifying daily

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen says conflict in the Arab world's poorest nation is intensifying daily, with terrorist groups expanding, 14 million people in desperate need of food and the worst cholera epidemic in the world.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called on all parties at a Security Council meeting Wednesday "to act for the sake of peace," saying "their excuses are unacceptable and their justifications are unconvincing, especially when the solutions are in plain sight."

U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said the warring parties and the outside backers driving them should feel "deeply guilty" — and he urged the Security Council "to lean much more heavily" on the internationally recognized government and Houthi Shiite rebels to end the conflict.