The red cross has acknowledged the situation in the Yemen the situation is catastrophic, saying that by the end of the year the number of cases of cholera the inhabitants of the country could reach one million.
Fighting in Yemen, the parties, including the coalition, which includes Western countries and Saudi Arabia, are using “excessive force” in the Republic, resulting in a huge and unjustified victims among civilians, Reuters cites the statement of Alexander Feith, head of mission of the red cross in Yemen.
He reminded that currently the number of suspected patients reached 750 thousand people, and 2111 people died. “The situation is very dramatic, and I think that it is nothing like a disaster,” said faith during a briefing in Geneva.
According to humanitarian organizations, armed conflict that began in March of 2015, claimed the lives of more than 10 thousand people. Currently, the country is divided into zones of influence. Some areas controls the Shiite group “Ansar Allah” (Houthis), some provinces controlled by the official government in Sana’a, and some militants are “al-Qaeda”*.
International humanitarian organizations say that in September, the US doubled the number of air strikes on Yemeni territory, regardless of the civilian casualties and the humanitarian disaster. To date, the total number of U.S. bombing in the country close to a hundred, reported recently the Bureau of investigative journalism.
Red cross supplies to war-torn country medical supplies and humanitarian goods through the bombed the port of al-Hudaydah and Sana’a airport. Ground convoys periodically arrive from Jordan and Oman.
At the end of the first week of October in Yemen should arrive Korean ship with 500 tonnes of rice from Karachi. Red Cross calls on the Yemeni authorities and the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to open the airport for commercial flights Sana’a with the aim of establishing supply. Also, the Red Cross requests to allow visits to military units.
“I don’t think that at the earliest possible political settlement of the problem, and I am very concerned that the widening of the conflict will lead to even more problems. That is why the delivery of humanitarian assistance should not meet any obstacles,” – said faith.
He admitted that the mortality from cholera in the country has been reduced to 0.1%, however, noted that the Yemeni health “kneeling”, and doctors do not get paid. According to him, doctors survive due to the fact that you are getting from the red cross food parcels.
With regard to access to clean water and electricity in the main cities of Yemen, there is no energy. Without the efforts of the red cross and other humanitarian organizations for the operation of pump stations, flow of water would not be even in Sana’a.
Recall, cholera – an acute diarrhoeal disease that if untreated can be fatal. Typically, infection occurs by drinking contaminated water bathing in contaminated water, washing and eating infected food.
The water supply system in Yemen was virtually destroyed within two years of the war between the government army supported by the coalition, headed by Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran. This is conducive to cholera, which spreads in areas with poor hygienic conditions.
During the conflict, which began in 2014, the country stopped work for about half of health facilities, the existing hospitals are overwhelmed. About 7.6 million people live in areas where there is no access to clean drinking water. According to the who for activities in the areas of health, water and sanitation within six months, you need to 66.7 million dollars.
According to UN estimates, in urgent need of humanitarian assistance 18.8 million inhabitants of Yemen is almost 70% of the population. Nearly seven million people are on the verge of starvation.
*Al-Qaida is a terrorist group banned in Russia.