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Jul 26, 1:01 PM EDT

UN says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

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CAIRO (AP) -- Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country's health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war.

The heads of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and World Food Program said in a joint statement on Wednesday that 2 million Yemeni children are malnourished, making them vulnerable to cholera.

Yemen is facing the world's worst cholera outbreak in years.

The agencies called on the international community to intensify its support for the Yemenis.

A two-year Saudi-led campaign against Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels has damaged infrastructure and caused medicine shortages in the Arab world's poorest country. The war has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

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