Aden Clashes Hindering Aid Delivery to Civilians: UNHCR

Published January 31st, 2018 - 04:09 GMT
Smoke billows in the government's de facto capital Aden, as fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council move closer to taking full control of the southern city, on Jan. 30 (SALEH AL-OBEIDI / AFP)
Smoke billows in the government's de facto capital Aden, as fighters from the separatist Southern Transitional Council move closer to taking full control of the southern city, on Jan. 30 (SALEH AL-OBEIDI / AFP)

More than 40,000 internally displaced people are without aid in Yemen’s second city Aden in the wake of a fight between separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates and rival forces loyal to Yemen's former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the U.N. says.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday that it had been unable to distribute aid since the separatists seized most of Aden at the weekend.

"UNHCR emergency aid distributions and humanitarian assessments planned this week for vulnerable, displaced Yemenis have now been postponed and UNHCR humanitarian cargo remains at Aden port unable to be released," the UNHCR tweeted.

"We are also particularly concerned for those newly displaced in Aden who have fled other areas in Yemen. More than 40,000 people fled to Aden and nearby governorates since December and we anticipate more displacement as people continue to flee from hostilities in the west coast," the agency added.

On Jan.28, the separatists launched their assault in Aden, taking control of a number of sites and military camps run by forces loyal to Hadi following intense clashes. They swiftly seized the presidential palace in the southern port city.

International charity Save the Children announced on Tuesday that it too had been forced to suspend its humanitarian work in Aden due to concerns over its staff’s safety.

Even before the latest fighting, the U.N. has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with some 8.4 million of its 22.2 million population at risk of famine.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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