Sunday 5 April 2015 - 09:26

Saudi Going on with Yemen Offensive, Red Cross Says Riyadh Blocking Aid

Story Code : 452046
Saudi Going on with Yemen Offensive, Red Cross Says Riyadh Blocking Aid
The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Saturday three shipments of aid and medical staff it is trying to send to Yemen were still blocked, despite appeals to the Saudi-led military coalition which controls Yemeni air space and ports, Reuters news agency reported.
The ICRC is seeking security guarantees for two planes to Sanaa, one with medical supplies for up to 1,000 wounded people and a second with 30 tons of medical and water sanitation supplies, as well as a boat to take a surgical team to Aden.
The aid organization on Tuesday accused the Saudi-led coalition, which is waging a 10-day-old campaign of air strikes on Yemen, of preventing aid deliveries.
"Our supplies are still blocked," spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen said. "The situation is getting worse, every passing hour people are dying in Yemen and we need to bring this in urgently".
She was speaking ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting called by Russia to discuss a humanitarian pause in the air strikes.
Meanwhile, sources told al-Manar that at least nine civilians of the same family, including six children, were martyred in a strike on Bani Matar in the capital Sanaa.
Five other were wounded in the raid, including three children.
UN relief coordinator Valerie Amos said on Thursday 519 people have been killed in the fighting in the past two weeks and nearly 1,700 wounded,