Red Cross Expresses Concern On Civilian Casualties Amid Escalating Violence in Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday called on the parties to the conflict in Yemen to spare civilian life, saying hospitals are receiving a very high number of injured people as violence escalated in recent days.

The Yemeni Red Crescent Society (YRCS) in a statement said that facilities used for detention in Sa’ada were hit early this morning, killing and injuring over a hundred detainees. The emergency workers were searching for victims amidst the rubble, it added

ICRC’s regional director for the Near and Middle East, Fabrizio Carboni said that it is essential that “we protect the lives of people in armed conflict,” adding the human toll in Yemen is unacceptable.

Carboni said that civilians living in densely populated areas have been exposed to increased attacks, causing death and injury and deepening the psychological trauma among the affected communities after seven years of war.

Carboni furthered that the lack of a credible peace process increases the chances that a similar tragedy will occur again. Carboni went on saying that only negotiations in good faith, based on guarantees for the Yemeni people would increase prospects for a better future.

ICRC also called on the conflicting parties to spare property and infrastructure that is essential for the survival of the population. “Hospitals, schools, residential buildings, installations supplying the populations with water and electricity, transportation infrastructure as well as prisons and other places of detention must be protected,” YRCS said in a statement.

The ICRC expressed its deep concern about the intensification of hostilities over recent days, including attacks against cities across Yemen, in Saudi Arabia and in the United Arab Emirates, and deplores the human toll this escalation has caused, the statement added.

“ICRC supports two hospitals with emergency medical supplies that are receiving a very high number of injured people, with numbers increasing throughout the day,” the statement added.

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