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12:00 AM, October 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:21 AM, October 11, 2019

Yemen risks becoming the poorest country: UN

War-ravaged Yemen is on course to become the world’s poorest country if the conflict persists, the United Nations said in a report. “If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world, with 79 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 65 percent classified as extremely poor,” according to the United Nations Development Programme report, published Wednesday. Because of the war, poverty in Yemen has jumped from 47 percent of the population in 2014 to a projected 75 percent by the end of 2019. Yemen plunged into war after Huthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa in late 2014. A Saudi-led military coalition launched a blistering offensive months later to support the government there against the Iran-aligned insurgents. The fighting has since killed tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

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