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19million need £1.7bn aid in war on famine

THE United Nations has appealed for donations of £1.7billion this year to stop famine breaking out in war-torn Yemen.

It said 19million people — more than two-thirds of the country’s population — are in need of assistance, with about 10million ‘acutely affected’.

Food, water, health care and protection is required to sustain and save lives.

‘A staggering 7.3million people do not know where their next meal is coming from,’ said Stephen O’Brien, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

‘If there is no immediate action — and despite the ongoing humanitarian efforts — famine is a real possibility for 2017.’

Meanwhile, Yemen’s government has expressed concern to the US over a commando raid on January 29 that killed women and children in southern al-Bayda province.

President Donald Trump approved the mission — targeting al-Qaeda militants — which resulted in a gun battle that left a Navy SEAL dead and reduced one US aircraft to a charred wreck.

‘We have not withdrawn our permission for the US to carry out special operations ground missions. However, we made clear our reservations about the last operation,’ a Yemeni official said.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer insisted the raid was ‘highly successful’.

Boko Haram ‘forcing 120,000 into hunger’

MORE than 120,000 Nigerians face the threat of famine after the Boko Haram uprising forced farmers off their land. Supplies will start running out in June with north-eastern Borno state — the Islamist terror group’s birthplace — being worst affected, the UN warned. Many people are already struggling to feed themselves and children have been dying.