June 13, 2018 / 10:14 AM / a year ago

U.N.'s Grandi calls for Yemen talks, fears refugee exodus

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi attends an interview with Reuters at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - Escalating violence in Yemen could lead to a refugee exodus and will not end a war that has taken a huge toll on civilians, U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Wednesday, as a Saudi-led coalition launched the largest assault of the war.

“It’s actually surprising that an exodus has not happened yet,” he told Reuters. “The message is go back to the negotiating table as soon as possible.”

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans

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