80 percent of Yemenis in dire need for help

With 20 million civilians in need of assistance and collapse of the country’s health system, Yemen tops list of countries suffering from humanitarian crises

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Activists working in relief organisations have warned that weeks of fighting between Saudi-led coalition forces and the Houthis in Yemen has led to the collapse of the health system in the southern city of Aden.

The organisation "Doctors Without Borders," which provides medical aid in emergency situations, made it clear that the hospitals were filled with victims to the extent that some of them were being treated out in the open.

The organisation has reported that there were dead bodies lying in the street and that there is a severe shortage of food, fuel and medicine.

Due to constant bombardment, "Doctors Without Borders" is unable to move around the city in teams to treat the injured, according to the organisation.

Earlier, the United Nations had described the humanitarian situation in Yemen as "catastrophic," saying that 20 million civilians - 80 percent of the population - is in serious need of help.

"Doctors Without Borders" has previously hailed the peace talks sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva in a bid to end the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 people so far.

Since March 25, Saudi-led coalition forces began targeting Iranian backed Houthis through a series of air strikes supported by the United States.

Most recently, the Houthis retaliated by launching cross-border attacks on the Kingdom.

Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband it in January.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape Yemen to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia where it set up office in the country’s capital Riyadh.
Pro-government forces continue to clash with Houthi forces across the country as the Arab coalition launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia, while also conducting numerous strikes in the Houthi occupied capital of Sanaa and the group’s bastion Saada.

TRTWorld and agencies