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Yemen Crisis Requires Highest Level Response, UN Reports

Yemen needs the highest level of humanitarian intervention in the wake of a war that has affected millions of people, said the United Nations. UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien called for a "Level 3" intervention status for Yemen.

Days before, Human Rights Watch had issued a report about bombing of civilian areas in Saada, Yemen. The NGO said that its field investigators saw several damaged targets that showed no signs of military usage.

Iraq Oil Exports Hit Record in June; Output Climbing

Iraq exported 3.187 million barrels of oil a day in June, its oil ministry said. It was a 1.37 percent increase over May. The ministry also reported that at the end of June Iraq was pumping 4.388 million barrels per day.

The Iraqi exports, as a whole, increased even though flow through Ceyhan, Turkey, fell from 451,000 barrels per day in May to 167,000 bpd in June, Reuters reported. A payment dispute within Iraq has cut back the shipments.

UN: Iraq Casualties Rise to 1,466 in June

Deaths in Iraq due to fighting rose to 1,466 in June, the United Nations reported, higher than the 1,031 recorded in May. The UN said that increased deaths among soldiers and militia accounted for much of the rise.

Western Iraq has been a battleground between the IS caliphate and the Baghdad government in the southeast and the Kurdish autonomous forces in the north. IS forces have overrun much of the western desert provinces, and have captured Ramadi, 63 miles west of Baghdad, and the major oil refinery at Baiji, 117 miles up the Tigris River from Baghdad.

Mosul

Nineveh Province town in north on banks of Tigris River. The IS caliphate took the town in 2014.

Ramadi

IS fighters control this town in Anbar province.

Baghdad, Iraq

Capital of Iraq.

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