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In reaction to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, a coalition member, and National Association of Medical Students in Yemen released an appeal to advocate for immediate access to medical and humanitarian aid for people in need and urge involved parties to immediately take concrete steps to improve the situation.
Today the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition supported a declaration by France and eleven other UN member states to take concrete steps toward implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2286 and protect health care in conflict.
Cut off from imports, and under ceaseless Saudi bombardment, Yemen is now one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times. Seven million Yemenis live in areas that are close to famine, two million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, and an outbreak of cholera has infected over 600,000 people.
The International Red Cross is drastically reducing its presence in Afghanistan after seven staff members were killed in attacks this year. Many other humanitarian organisations have pulled out of the country in recent years as Taliban and Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks.
The UN Secretary-General’s annual report names 64 perpetrators for abuse and exploitation of children in conflict, including the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition in Yemen. Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition member Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict has documented violations in Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition, including attacks on hospitals and their impact on children's health.