As the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks to deliver vital supplies of aid and medical supplies to Yemen, they are facing frustrating delays as Houthi rebels fighting for the control of Yemen and forces backing President continue to engage in fierce clashes, leaving more than 140 people dead in 24 hours.
Monday’s clashes happened in Aden, a power base for President Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia as the Houthi rebels expanded their control across the country.
Relief workers have warned of a dire situation in the impoverished state, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging an air war on the rebels.
Sitara Jabeen, the spokesperson for the ICRC, told Al Jazeera that the humanitarian situation was worsening. “The situation in Yemen remains extremely critical. The conflict … has intensified, especially in Aden. We are still trying to find a cargo plane that can carry our supplies to Sanaa.”
The deputy editor of Al-Ayyam newspaper, told Al Jazeera: “People are running out of food. There is no water. No power supply … The hospitals are in a much worse shape. We see a lot of injured people with no means of saving them. No basic first aid kits, for example.”
The total number of people killed since the air strikes began is not known, but relief agencies say more than 330,000 people have been displaced. Many more in Aden and Sanaa are in need of basic supplies.
- Pray for Yemen. Pray for an end to hostilities and air strikes and for all sides to be prepared to reach a peaceful resolution.
- Pray for the civilians caught up in the air-strikes and violence, as they face a daily struggle simply to find water and food for their families.
- Pray for Yemen Christians to be channels of hope and light to the people around them and for many to find Christ in this time of extreme need.
Isaiah 58 vs 8: “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.”