Coalition promises to protect Yemen aid workers

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

"In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything - even their lives", she said.

A Red Cross spokeswoman said those withdrawn represented more than half of the ICRC's global staff in Yemen, but the organisation still had 452 workers in the country, including Yemeni citizens.

The aid agency said the decision came after "a series of security incidents and threats".

It has also damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled its health system and pushed it to the brink of starvation.

The deal - which is still not being made public and could be altered - lays out a plan to end the four-year war in Yemen, which has seen Iran-backed Houthi rebels at war with a Saudi-led Arab military coalition and Yemeni government forces.

The military artillery had targeted Houthi sites and concentrations throughout southern Serwah, leading to heavy casualties and material losses among the ranks of the rebel group, it added.

The official spokesman of the Coalition Forces (the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen) Col.

The Houthis have controlled the centre of the Serwah Directorate since April 2015, and the area remains the scene of frequent clashes between the two sides.

The conflict pits the Iran-aligned Houthis, who took control of the capital Sanaa in 2014, against other Yemeni forces backed by a coalition loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and led by US allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Col Al Malki said the coalition was working with worldwide NGO partners to create conditions for them to work safely and freely in Yemen and was fully prepared to assist the ICRC to ensure the continuation of its operations in the country.

Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed, a lot of them civilians.

The ICRC relocated the majority of its global staff from across Yemen to Djibouti, Marie Claire Feghali of the Red Cross told The Associated Press Friday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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