Arab League chief warns of worsening health condition in war-ravaged Yemen

2017-07-17 15:35:35 GMT2017-07-17 23:35:35(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CAIRO, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit warned Monday of serious health and humanitarian conditions in war-torn Yemen, Egypt's state-run MENA news agency reported.

Speaking at the opening session of the Arab League Consultative Meeting at the level of permanent delegates on Yemen, Abul Gheit said the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed briefed him on the worsening humanitarian conditions in the country, especially after reports on the spread of Cholera in the war-ravaged areas.

He also stressed that there is an Arab consensus for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis based on the Gulf initiative, the outcome of the national dialogue as well as UN resolutions.

The AL chief urged Houthi rebels and other groups to place high the country's national interests, stressing that restoring legitimacy in Yemen is the only way to rebuild the country and end any humanitarian crises.

Yemen has been suffering from a civil war and a Saudi-led military intervention for around two years.

The war pits the Shiite Houthi rebel movement against a Sunni Saudi-led military coalition, after the Houthis toppled Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in late 2014.

The legitimate government controls the south and some eastern parts, while the Houthi/Saleh alliance controls the other parts including the capital Sanaa.

The UN has sponsored peace talks between the warring factions for several times, but the factions failed to reach a deal to end the civil war, which has already killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, and injured over 35,000 others.

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