UNICEF: 750,000 Yemeni children malnourished 

The United Nations Children's Fund says around 750,000 children under 5 years old suffer from malnutrition in Yemen.

UNICEF director for Middle East and North Africa, Maria Calivis, says that in some regions, a year of political turmoil has nearly doubled the number of malnourished children.

She told The Associated Press that the numbers cross the "emergency threshhold," an international standard calling for urgent action.

UNICEF also says 300,000 Yemeni children are now internal refugees. Yemen has for years experienced localized insurgencies, and the number of displaced people has increased during the year-long uprising against authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The country of 20 million is the most impoverished in the Arab world.

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