World Bulletin / News Desk
Around 20,000 people were displaced in the northern Yemeni province of Amran due to the recent fighting between Yemeni troops and Shiite Houthi rebels, a local official said on Sunday.
"The humanitarian situation is very dire in the province in the light of lack of support from any government or non-government body in the region," provincial undersecretary Ahmed al-Bakri told Anadolu Agency.
"The displaced people have resorted to their relatives in various areas for shelter," he added.
Last week, Yemen's army and Houthi militants hammered out a ceasefire deal in Amran to end weeks of deadly clashes between the two sides.
The latest round of fighting in the northern left 17 soldiers and policemen dead and 25 others injured, a military source said earlier. An unspecified number of Houthi militants were also killed in the fighting.
Local and foreign aid agencies have already reported difficulty in reaching the affected areas.
Al-Bakri said that a meeting would be held within days between government officials and representatives from several aid agencies to discuss how to facilitate their access to the most affected areas.
The Shiite Houthi movement first appeared in 1992, taking Yemen's northern Saada province as its main base of operations.
Several rounds of subsequent fighting between the group and the army have left thousands dead on both sides.
Yemen in general has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.Last Mod: 09 Haziran 2014, 09:59