UN says remaining international staffers leave chaotic Yemen

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Posted: Mar 31, 2015 11:48 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says the last of its international staffers have now left Yemen as the U.N. human rights chief warns of a "total collapse" in the Arab world's poorest country.

The deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Farhan Haq, says the remaining 13 international staffers are out as of Tuesday and that the U.N. will do what it can with the hundreds of local staffers who are still there.

The U.N. human rights office in Geneva says at least 93 civilians have been killed and 364 wounded in five Yemeni cities in the past five days as Saudi-led airstrikes pound advancing Shiite rebels.

The overall figures are likely much higher. U.N. officials are calling on all sides to protect civilians from harm in the fighting.