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Medical aid arrives in war-torn Yemen

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 01:12

Medical supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrives in Yemen for urgent delivery to hospitals throughout the embattled country. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Emergency aid has finally arrived in Yemen. More than 16 tons of medicine, bandages, IV fluids, and surgical equipment... all from the International Committee of the Red Cross, represented here by Cedric Schweizer. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CEDRIC SCHWEIZER, HEAD OF THE ICRC DELEGATION, SAYING: "It's what we called war wounded kits to treat something like 1,000 wounded people." Yemen is embroiled in an increasingly bloody conflict between Shi'ite Houthi rebels and Sunni loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. But ongoing airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis have raised the stakes... and the death toll. The Red Cross says local hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of wounded, while elsewhere in the country, non-combatants go without the basic necessities. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CEDRIC SCHWEIZER, HEAD OF THE ICRC DELEGATION, SAYING: "We have contact with all parties in Yemen involved in the conflict and we got security guarantees to be able to distribute this assistance all over the country." A second plane with aid is expected to arrive Saturday. For the Red Cross, it's help that's urgently needed.

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Medical aid arrives in war-torn Yemen

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 01:12