CAIRO -- Egypt will host an international conference in March to coordinate humanitarian aid for Yemen, which has been devastated by a civil war, a minister in Yemen's Saudi-backed government said on Tuesday.
The United Nations said that at least 10,000 people had been killed in the past 18 months. It said some 14 million of Yemen's 26 million
population needed food aid and 7 million were suffering from food insecurity.
"We are now preparing for a conference ... to be held here in the city of Sharm al-Sheikh ... We are preparing for this conference fully so we can go to the aid organisations and civil society organisations and many donors," Abdel Raqeeb Fateh, minister of local administration, told a news conference in Cairo.
Egypt, which supports the Saudi-backed government, has yet to comment about the conference and its aims.