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SANAA, Sept 22, 2018 (MENA) - The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely bad, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sanaa Adnan Hazzam said.

In statements to Radio Sawa on Saturday, Hazzam said people living in Hodeidah city need urgent humanitarian aid in various fields, especially health.

In this regard, he noted that dozens of the city residents have been displaced due to the poor conditions there.


SANAA, Sept 21, 2018 (MENA) - The Yemeni army has controlled the air defense camp in the east of Hudeidah city.

In a statement broadcast by Al-Arabiya news channel on Friday, the Yemeni army said that its units have controlled the air defense camp and its surrounding farms in the east of Kilo 16 area in Hudeidah city.

The army along with the resistance forces have secured the farms in Bayt al Faqih district after engaging in clashes with the Houthi militias in the south of Hudeidah, the statement added.


BEIRUT, September 19, 2018 (News Wires) - Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni children could die if renewed attacks damage or temporarily close the key port of Hodeidah, Save the Children said on Wednesday, after heavy fighting in the area resumed.

A new report by the charity said families were already struggling to afford food and transportation to health facilities as prices soared, and any further disruption could put another million children at risk of famine.

“Even the smallest disruption to food, fuel and aid supplies through its vital port could mean death for hundreds of thousands of malnourished children unable to get the food they need to stay alive,” said Yemen representative Tamer Kirolos.

Hodeidah is the main port of the impoverished Arab country, where around 8.4 million people are believed to be on the verge of starvation, and a lifeline for millions.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebel group that controls the port has intensified its air campaign and resumed an offensive to capture it after peace talks collapsed earlier this month.

More than 28,000 people have been killed or wounded during the war and 3 million have been uprooted, according to UN officials. Thousands more have died from malnutrition, disease and poor health.

Save the Children said a million more children in Yemen now risked falling into famine, taking the total number to 5.2 million.

Severely malnourished children are 12 times more likely to die from preventable diseases like pneumonia, measles, cholera or diphtheria, Kirolos said.

“(Children) are not getting enough to eat, they are being displaced, families can’t afford to go to health facilities ,” Kirolos told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Sanaa.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has warned that more people will be killed by economic problems than by bombs and guns after food prices doubled in some parts of the country this month.

Stephen Anderson, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) country director in Yemen, said the “deteriorating” security situation in Hodeidah threatened continued humanitarian assistance.

SANAA, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - Nine elements of Houthi militias were killed and others injured in fierce clashes with Yemeni armed forces in eastern Sanaa, a military source said.

In statements carried by Al Hadath channel on Friday, the source added that the clashes broke out when a group of Houthis attempted to infiltrate into army sites in al Jamayem district in Nahm province.

The Yemeni army thwarted the attempt and forced the Houthi militants to retreat, he noted.


DUBAI, Sept 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Two Saudi pilots were killed when their helicopter came down in the eastern Yemeni province of al-Mahra on Friday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the coalition said the helicopter, which belongs to the Saudi ground forces, had crashed following technical issues.

"(The helicopter came down) when it was carrying out its tasks of fighting terrorism and smuggling in al-Mahra in Yemen," the statement said, quoting the coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki.

Al-Mahra province, bordering Oman in east Yemen.

SANAA, September 13, 2018 (Reuters) - In the malnutrition ward of a hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, doctors weigh toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs.

Twenty children, most under the age of two, being treated at the ward in Sab’een Hospital are among hundreds of thousands of children suffering from severe malnutrition in the impoverished country that has been ravaged by a more than three years of war.

“The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for its children,” Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, told Reuters.

She said more than 11 million children, or about 80 per cent of the country’s population under the age of 18, were facing the threat of food shortages, disease, displacement and acute lack of access to basic social services.

“An estimated 1.8 million children are malnourished in the country. Nearly 400,000 of them are severely acute malnourished and they are fighting for their lives every day.”

A coalition of Sunni Muslim Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 against the Iranian-aligned Houthis after they drove the internationally recognised government out of the capital Sanaa.

The war has unleashed the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis in the nation of 28 million, where 8.4 million people are believed to be on the verge of starvation and 22 million people are dependent on aid.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE say they are providing funds and supplies to support aid efforts in Yemen. The Houthis blame the coalition for choking off imports into the country.

In Sab’een hospital a toddler in diapers lay wrapped in blankets with a tube inserted in the child’s nose. Another child cried while being lowered naked unto a scale to be weighed.

The families of the children declined to speak to the media.

“The situation of the families without jobs, without income and in the middle of the war, is catastrophic,” Relano said.

She said UNICEF had provided more than 244,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five with therapeutic treatment since the beginning of 2018, in addition to micronutrient treatment to over 317,000 children under five.

“The human cost and the humanitarian impact of this conflict is unjustifiable,” U.N. humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said in a statement on Thursday.

“Parties to the conflict are obliged to do absolutely everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and ensure people have access to the aid they are entitled to and need to survive.”‘

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