The Yemeni war that has ensued between the rebels and the forces that back Yemeni president Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern part of the country has claimed over 140 lives in less than 24 hours and delayed humanitarian aid delivery by the Red Cross.
The clashes that happened on Monday at Aden the stronghold of Hadi, who has since fled to Saudi Arabia has seen the rebels known as the Houthis expand their controlled region. Among the reported dead, there were atheist 17 civilians killed as the Houthis attempted to capture a port in Aden.
The International Committee for the Red Cross confirmed the dire situation in the penurious which is impenetrable by the planes delivering aid. Officials said that only the staffs were able to land in Sanaa but no cargo plane has been able to land.
The situation has been worsened with fewer and fewer airlines flying to Sanaa and the country’s Airline being suspended indefinitely making the logistics of relief delivery very difficult.
The bombings of Houthi’s position by the Saudi led coalition has been going on since late March and the people are running out of supplies as there is no power and water and the food reserves are running out.
According to ICRC’s Mari-Claire Feghali, “There are dead bodies on the streets in Aden. This is why we called for 24-hour humanitarian pause in the fighting so that people can also go and collect the dead”. She also confirmed that at least 3 volunteers were killed as they tried saving the injured and collecting the bodies lying on the streets.
Yemeni a country that is struggling with Al-Qaeda has experienced instability since September when the Houthis placed the president under house arrest before he fled to Aden and then to Saudi Arabia.
The Houthis are backed militias supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and have major control in the country.