Red Cross demands ceasefire over ‘dire situation’ in Yemen

Yemenis inspect the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Bani Matar on April 4, 2015The Red Cross called for a 24-hour ceasefire in Yemen Saturday to give aid workers a chance to address the "dire humanitarian situation" there. "We urgently need an immediate halt to the fighting to allow families in the worst affected areas, such as Aden, to venture out to get food and water, or to seek medical care," Robert Mardini, the aid group's head of operations in the Middle East said in a statement. It called for all land, air and sea routes to be immediately opened to allow the delivery of 48 tonnes of medical supplies and surgical kits the organisation has ready to treat the 2,000 to 3,000 people who have been hurt in the fighting. Despite repeated appeals in the past week to allow humanitarian aid into Yemen, ICRC personnel and supplies have been blocked from entering the country.


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