(The Guardian) – Human rights groups have urged the UN to establish an independent inquiry into abuses during the Yemen conflict, which has spiralled into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The UN human rights council has verified the deaths of more than 5,000 civilians since the outbreak of war in March 2015, although the actual number is likely to be significantly higher. The conflict has devastated Yemen’s infrastructure and economy, leaving at least 8,719 people wounded, 7 million on the brink of famine, and an estimated 540,000 suffering from cholera.