Yemen: amid mounting violence, a call for restraint
|Publisher||International Crisis Group (ICG)|
|Publication Date||31 May 2011|
|Cite as||International Crisis Group (ICG), Yemen: amid mounting violence, a call for restraint, 31 May 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4de5fb632.html [accessed 26 July 2016]|
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is alarmed by the escalating violence and is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation as dozens of people have been injured or killed.
"The consequences, in humanitarian terms, are becoming more serious by the day," said Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen. "Hundreds of civilians have found themselves caught in the crossfire, and dozens of people on all sides have been injured or killed in fighting in Hasaba, in the northern part of Sana'a. In Taiz and Abyan the situation is getting worse as the fighting intensifies."
The ICRC calls upon all those involved in the current clashes to exercise restraint in the use of force and to help first-aid workers save lives and, if necessary, transfer casualties. Human life and dignity must be preserved at all times. Human remains must be treated with dignity and handed over to the families for proper burial.
"People in the capital and other major cities are facing new and difficult challenges," said Mr Marti. "People are afraid and uncertain of how things will unfold. Many families, fearing more violence in the coming days, are stocking up on food and water. Gunshots and loud explosions can be heard over long periods, even at night."
Hospital staff are coping with increasing numbers of casualties. Yemen Red Crescent volunteer first-aid workers face many difficulties performing their life-saving tasks.
The ICRC has been able to reach violence-stricken areas in Abyan and has supplied Al Razi Hospital in Khanfar with dressing kits and first-aid supplies. It has also given dressing kits to the Science and Technology Hospital in Sana'a.
The ICRC continues to monitor the situation very closely and remains firm in its support for the Yemen Red Crescent. It is carrying on with the work it performs for detainees and others suffering the effects of the ongoing violence.