Public sector employees crowd at a post office to receive their salaries in Sanaa, Yemen January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Already suffering grievously under nearly two years of civil war, many thousands of Yemeni state workers now face destitution as their salaries have gone largely unpaid for months. The immediate reason is a decision by the internationally recognized government to shift Yemen's central bank out of Sanaa, the capital city controlled by the armed Houthi movement with which it is at war.The result is to deepen economic hardship when four-fifths of Yemen's 28 million people already need some form of humanitarian aid, according to U.N. estimates.Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher said it had sent off a payment Wednesday but banking sources say this covers only December, and four months of wages remain unpaid for most employees.It is unclear how many of the 250,000 employees registered nationwide before the Houthis seized Sanaa in 2014 have received incomplete salaries – as a large proportion in government-held areas have been paid.
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