Over 850 Yemeni civilians killed since start of Aden clashes
A Yemeni boy receives kidney dialysis treatment at a hospital in the southern city of Aden on July 3, 2015, after the hospital was able to secure the medicine needed for the dialysis patients from other hospitals in the area. (AFP/Saleh Obeidi)
At least 585 Yemeni civilians were killed, including 259 children, and 6,879 others were injured in the 102-day conflict in Aden city, health officials said late on Friday.
Dr Khedir Lesour, head of the Public Health and Population office in Aden, said in a statement that part of the death toll was caused by “diseases and epidemics that infected 6,214 people, including 256 cases that died.”
The ongoing conflict in Aden forced two of the largest hospitals to be closed, in addition to a number of medical centers, Lesour added.
Aden, the trade and economic capital of Yemen, has been witnessing fierce battles for the past three months between Houthi militias and the Popular Resistance Committees, who are loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.