The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Jamie McGoldrick said that the figure is based on lists of victims gathered by health facilities and the actual number might be higher.
McGoldrick also said that up to 10 million people need “urgent assistance to protect their safety, dignity and basic rights,” according to a separate social media post early on Tuesday. Yemen’s orphans face ‘catastrophe’ as fighting rages The announcement marks the first time a UN official has confirmed such a high death toll in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation.
“This once more underscores the need to resolve the situation in Yemen without any further delay,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York.
“There’s been a huge humanitarian cost.” The Yemen conflict pits Houthi rebels and allied forces against an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
The coalition began an air campaign in March 2015 to restore the internationally recognised government that fled the country after Houthis seized the capital Sana’a.
On Monday, reports said 34 people were killed and 16 others wounded during clashes between Houthis and pro-government forces in the southern Shabwa province.