Beyond Yemen's standoff - a crisis in numbers

Politics in Yemen have taken yet another dramatic turn, with northern Houthi rebels storming the Presidential Palace to demand the implementation of a moribund power-sharing deal. There are fears of more violence. Some have warned the country is close to splitting in two. 

Behind the latest drama lie a host of economic woes. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world, and struggles to feed its people.

Yemen poverty infographic

Despite this, the amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen fell by 15 percent last year. In 2013, the country's humanitarian response plan received $396.2 million, while in 2014 that number fell to $335 million. Saudi Arabia, the country's northern neighbour and long-time backer, has allegedly cut some financial support after the Houthi rise.

This latest violence could make aid delivery for the vulnerable more difficult. In a statement, UNICEF said that 5,400 children had seen their school examinations interrupted, with many being trapped for hours as fighting roared outside. The Al-Quds military hospital, in the southern district of the capital Sana'a, was damaged in the fighting.