Yemen: ICRC Calls for Unimpeded Delivery of Medical Supplies as Heavy Conflict Persists

03/31/2015
Map of Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and air strikes.

A shipment of ICRC medical supplies sufficient to treat from 700 to 1,000 people was due to arrive by plane on Tuesday for distribution to hospitals across the country that are running low on the means to treat the war wounded.

So far, efforts to negotiate the safe arrival of the plane have not been successful.

“There are casualties across the country. There have been air strikes in the north, west and south, and clashes between opposing Yemeni armed groups in the center and south, that are putting immense strain on already weak medical services,” said Cedric Schweizer, who heads an ICRC team of 300 people in Yemen.

“In order that the wounded get the treatment they deserve, it’s essential we deliver urgent medicines and surgical kits,” he added.

An ICRC surgical team is due to arrive shortly in the southern city of Aden, where casualty numbers have been greatest.

The full article continues at https://www.icrc.org/en/document/yemen-icrc-calls-unimpeded-delivery-medical-supplies-heavy-conflict-persists on the ICRC’s website.