Child malnutrition surges in Yemen: UN Oct 28, 2020 0 394 12345 AFPSanaaMalnutrition among young children has soared to the highest levels ever recorded in parts of war-torn Yemen, the UN said on Tuesday, as coronavirus and shortfalls in aid funding worsen a humanitarian crisis.More than half a million cases of acute malnutrition among children under five were recorded in the south, and the results of a survey of the north currently under way are expected to be “equally concerning”, it said.A 15.5 percent increase in severe malnutrition in the age group has left at least 98,000 at “high risk of dying” unless they receive urgent treatment, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and the UN children’s fund UNICEF said in a statement.“The data we are releasing today confirms that acute malnutrition among children is hitting the highest levels we have seen since the war started,” said Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Yemen, which since 2014 has been gripped by a war between Iran-backed Huthi rebels and a beleaguered government which is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, has sunk into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.More than 24 million people, nearly 80 percent of the population, depend on some form of aid for survival, and this year the situation has deteriorated sharply. “Escalating conflict and economic decline, plus the overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, has pushed an already exhausted population to the brink,” the UN said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Huge anti-France rally in B’desh as Macron backlash widens Oct 28, 2020 0 1343 At least seven killed in blast at Pakistan religious school Oct 28, 2020 0 449 Iran’s virus deaths exceed 33,000 with new records Oct 28, 2020 0 64 Almost 30 dead as Syria government forces clash with Islamic State Beirut: Clashes on Tuesday in the Syrian desert between Russia-backed regime forces and Islamic State group jihadists have killed almost 30 fighters, a Britain-based war monitor said. Battles have been ongoing in .. Five dead, dozens wounded in attack on Afghan police base Khost: An hours-long attack on an Afghan police special forces base involving car bombs and an intense firefight killed five policemen and wounded dozens of people, officials said Tuesday, as violence continued to ..