International Committee of the Red Cross

The ICRC in Yemen: Facts and Figures, March-April 2015

Article 30 April 2015

Since the beginning of the current crisis in March 2015, the ICRC has provided urgent aid to the most affected population. Today, our priority is to ensure that wounded patients receive timely and appropriate treatment and that vital services such as health, electricity and water remain functional.

Here is how the ICRC has helped the victims of the conflict and violence during the past month in Yemen:

Medical

  • In Aden, we helped improve emergency care at Al Jamhouria Hospital by setting up a triage tent to expedite patients' movement to receive appropriate care. Essential medical and surgical supplies were also provided.
  • Since 8 April, an ICRC surgical team has performed more than a hundred operations and improved the quality of post-operative care in the hospital. More than 600 wounded were treated in this period; 50% of them required hospitalization.

Water and Infrastructure

  • The ICRC teams are coordinating closely with the authorities and armed groups to make sure fuel and water can be safely provided to hospitals in Aden and Taiz where the situation is alarming.
  • In Aden, we have donated disinfectant, fuel and oil to the local water company, enabling it to provide basic services for around 30,000 people in Mualla districts.
  • With the help of the local water authorities in Jabal Hadid, ICRC repaired a damaged ductile line that provides water to 330,000 people in Crater, Mualla and Tawahi districts of Aden province. The pipe connecting Jabal Hadid reservoir to Mualla district was also repaired to pump water to 350,000 to 400,000 people in Muallaa, Tawahi and Qallua districts.
  • Six submersible pumps were installed in wells near mosques in Mualla district in Aden. These wells provide water to the neighbourhoods when there is a shortage of water.

Other aid

  • The ICRC is also following the situation in prisons following large numbers of arrests in Sana'a, Aden, Maareb, Shabwa and other major cities. Whenever possible, ICRC teams will resume visits to detainees to monitor their condition and ensure they are in contact with their families.
  • The ICRC has also planned to assist 140,000 displaced people with food and other essential items, as soon as the organization can access more areas in the field.
  • The ICRC maintains constant and regular contact with all parties to the conflict, inside and outside Yemen, to remind them to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law. ICRC staff conducted field visits to the sites of alleged violations documenting what happened.
  • Coordinating with the many armed actors on the ground and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-led coalition, the ICRC facilitated the safe evacuation of 80 Malaysian and Indonesian students from Aden to the port where a vessel was waiting for them.

Support to the Yemen Red Crescent (YRCS)

  • With the support of the ICRC, the YRCS Emergency Response teams are working in extremely difficult conditions, transferring the wounded to hospitals and, where possible, removing dead bodies from the streets.

 

 For further information, please contact:
Marie Claire Feghali, ICRC Sana'a, tel: +967 73 607 19 67, +967 71 194 4343
Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 78 or +41 79 536 92 31