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Yemen on ‘Countdown to Catastrophe’; 161,000 to Face Famine, Says Report

A malnourished child receives anti-malnutrition treatment at a hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, on Jan. 11.

A malnourished child receives anti-malnutrition treatment at a hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, on Jan. 11.

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Cairo (AP) -- More than a dozen U.N. agencies and international aid groups said Monday that 161,000 people in war-torn Yemen are likely to experience famine over the second half of 2022 — a fivefold increase from the current figure.

The stark warning came in a report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, or IPC, ahead of an annual fund-raising conference that the United Nations is hosting on Wednesday. The IPC is a global partnership of 15 U.N. agencies and humanitarian organizations working in Yemen and funded by the European Union, the USAID and UKAID. It tracks and measures food insecurity in conflict-stricken regions.