UN: 20 million Yemenis are hungry, 250,000 face catastrophe

  • Yemenis hold banners as they take part in a protest calling for the reopening of Sanaa airport to receive medical aid, in front of the U.N. offices in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UNITED NATIONS — Twenty million people in war-torn Yemen are hungry — a staggering 70 percent of the population and a 15 percent increase from last year — and for the first time 250,000 are facing “catastrophe,” the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday.