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Extreme Humanitarian Crisis in Saada

Posted by FREE ADEN on August 27, 2009

Hothi’s are capturing more territories and war machineries

Hothi’s are capturing more territories and war machineries

Fighting between government forces and rebels in Yemen’s northwest area has displaced hundereds of thousands of people, creating humanitarian crisis, aid agencies said.

 “The humanitarian situation in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps in war-ravaged Saada and neighbouring governorates in northern Yemen is worsening due to a lack of basic services – water, sanitation and food” (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman said. She added “The ongoing conflict in Saada has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes at great risks to their lives and well-being. Children and women represent the majority of the displaced”. She aslo added “Thousands more families remain trapped inside the conflict zone, unable to reach safer areas”.

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund said it has been working to remove refugees from battle zones and provide critically needed supplies such as safe drinking water and medicine. According to UN agencies, there are some 120,000 IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Saada and the neighbouring governorates of al-Jawf, Hajjah and Amran as a result of intermittent fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels since June 2004. The latest clashes broke out officially on 12 August 2009, killing and injuring hundreds of government troops, rebels and civilians. adding that its team on the ground said there had been no water or electricity in Saada city since 10 August, and No telecommunication for almost a month.

“Thousands of people have fled the fighting to seek refuge in Saada city and surrounding areas. They probably could not take much with them, and many are now left stranded without even a roof to protect them from the rain,” Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, said.

 

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