A Yemeni child suffering from severe malnutrition cries at a hospital in the northern district of Abs in Yemen's northwestern Hajjah province on November 11, 2018. AFP / ESSA AHMED
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United Nations food chief David Beasley spotted a tiny foot sticking out from under a blanket in a hospital in Yemen that has been overwhelmed with malnourished children, so he tried to bring a smile to the face of the small patient.Beasley briefed the U.N. Security Council Friday with U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock and U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths, who is trying to broker peace in the more than 3-year-old conflict seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.An Arab military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Iran-allied Houthi group.The country's economy is in crisis and three-quarters of Yemen's population, or 22 million people, require aid.Beasley also visited Yemen's main port city Hodeida, which handles 80 percent of the country's food imports and aid supplies.
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