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Yemen: 23 wounded evacuated from Dammaj

04-11-2013 News Release 13/187

Geneva/Sana’a (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross has today evacuated 23 critically wounded people from Dammaj, northern Yemen and delivered medical supplies to the town, in a humanitarian operation that had been delayed for several days.

"After long discussions with the parties involved in the clashes, we finally obtained access to Dammaj today, and evacuated 23 of the most critically wounded in what we hope will be the first of a number of such operations," said Cedric Schweizer, head of the ICRC delegation in Sana'a. "Although these evacuations were delayed for a long time, this is a positive development," he added. “However, there are still more wounded people in need of treatment, and we hope to be able to come back for them."

The wounded were taken to Saada airport by road, from where they were airlifted to Sana’a for treatment. The organization also supplied the dressings needed to provide basic care to casualties on the spot.

Ever since last week, staff in Saada had been ready to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of people in Dammaj and its surroundings suffering the effects of clashes between armed groups.

The ICRC has been in Yemen since 1962. The organization reiterates its calls to all involved in the clashes to show respect for the lives and physical safety of all. The wounded must receive the medical care they need and health facilities must be protected, not attacked.

For further information, please contact:
Marie Claire Feghali, ICRC Sana'a, tel: + 967 73 607 19 67
Adnan Hizam, ICRC Sana'a, tel: + 967 733 721 659
Dibeh Fakhr, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 37 23, +41 79 447 37 26