Ahmed al-Haj

SANAA, YEMEN: A United Nations agency says some 300,000 Yemenis have been driven from their homes by the country’s conflict, double the number only two weeks earlier, amid escalating fighting with Shiite rebels and the continued Saudi-led air campaign.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that as of Tuesday the number of displaced has more than doubled since the 150,000 reported on April 17 because of escalating violence in 19 provinces.

The largest numbers of displaced are in the northern province of Hajjah and southern provinces of Dhale and Abyan, it said.

The internationally-recognized government, from its exile in Riyadh, said on Monday that Dhale, Aden and Taiz —the third largest city in Yemen — have been declared “disaster zones.”