Aid group urges halt in civilian attacks after 65 killed in Yemen’s Taiz

Published August 21st, 2015 - 07:04 GMT

International aid organization Doctors Without Borders made a call Friday for warring factions in Yemen to stop attacks on civilians, a day after clashes killed at least 65 people and wounding 23 in Taiz, the Associated Press reported.

The aid group said its members were unable to reach hospitals in the key southern city Thursday when fighting intensified. 

"We call on the warring parties to stop attacking civilian targets, especially hospitals, ambulances and densely populated neighborhoods and allow medical personnel and humanitarian organizations to provide assistance," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement. 

The group, also known as Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said there are 923 residents who have been injured in the past three days. More than 100 died from their injuries.

"Patients and MSF staff are unable to reach hospitals due to the heavy fighting and airstrikes," the statement said. 

Yemeni security officials said the violence in Taiz on Thursday started with Houthi rebels who shelled civilians and killed 23, provoking Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed at least another 35.

 


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