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Saudi aggression deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen

30 November 2015 11:12



Saudi Arabia’s continuing military aggression against Yemen has deteriorated the humanitarian situation in the impoverished Arab country, taking a heavy toll on its internally displaced persons (IDPs), Press TV reports.

The onslaught, which began in late March, has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, resulting in a surge in the number of the IDPs in Yemen.

Scattered refugee camps have been set up in the suburbs of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, for the people who have fled Riyadh’s indiscriminate bombardment.


“Since we fled [the Yemeni city of] Sa’ada to Sana’a, we have been going through difficult times. We have left our belongings there and here we lack everything from tents [and] blankets to food and medicine,” a displaced Yemeni man (seen above) said.

Yemeni men walk past a building damaged during a Saudi airstrike, in the capital, Sana’a, November 29, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Another displaced Yemeni (shown below) said, “I was injured in one of the Saudi airstrikes that targeted an area in al-Hasabah. I have been suffering greatly since then and I have become unable to earn a livelihood for six members of my family.” He had fled Saudi bombardments in Sa’ada but sustained injuries in airstrikes that targeted an area near the camp where he now lives.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, has been under the Saudi military aggression since March 26. The strike is supposedly meant to undermine the Yemeni Ansarullah Houthi movement and bring Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power.

The Saudi aggression has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 7,500 people and injured over 14,000 others. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

Aid groups’ access to the affected areas in the Middle Eastern country has also been severely restricted.

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