Islamic Relief has noted with concern an escalation in the conflict between forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council and the internationally recognised Government of Yemen. The UN said on Friday that surging violence across Yemen had pushed some 85,000 people from their homes in the past 10 weeks, with hundreds continuing to flee each day. According to the UNHCR, displaced people are still living in areas close to the hostilities in Hodeida and Taiz governorates, were a concern. “Conditions continue to deteriorate rapidly, exposing people to violence and disease, without basic services,” UNHCR spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly explained. Islamic Relief Response Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen since 1998 and has stepped up its activity over the last three years due to the severity of the humanitarian crisis. We are currently working in 18 of the country’s 22 governorates in the country, providing food, water, shelter and medical aid. We’ve provided food to more than 2.5 million people, and have equipped 21 hospitals and clinics across the country to support doctors and nurses working to treat wounded, sick and malnourished people. The areas where we have responded include Sanaa, Sana’a city, Aden, Taiz, Lahj, Abyan, Amran, Shabwah, Mareb, Sa’ada, Hodeida, Hadramout and Dhamar. In response to the recent spike in hostilities, Islamic Relief’s teams on the ground have completed an aid distribution, providing emergency food and non-food items to 560 households affected, Alhamdulillah. Meanwhile, we are still responding to the deadly cholera outbreak that has affected over 200,000 people, with over 30 people dying every day from the disease. With hospitals and health centres overwhelmed by the increasing numbers patients in need of medical treatment, Islamic Relief South Africa co-funded a 19-tonne medical aid delivery to the capital Sana’a. The Islamic Relief global family responded by supplying cholera medicines, including IV stands, cannula tubes, saline bags, antibiotics, oral rehydration salts, gloves, syringes and hygiene kits, including soap, disinfectant and towels to hospitals in five governorates. Why your help is needed Of a population of 24 million, more than half – 61 percent – were already reliant on humanitarian aid before the conflict deepened. Malnourishment is a widespread, and Yemen is water-scarce, causing fears that Sana’a could soon be without water. At a glance • Long-term humanitarian needs • Conflict set to cause widespread displacement • Families without basic services such as water and power • Hospitals and schools damaged Islamic Relief is calling for urgent support for its emergency response to the deepening crisis. To donate or to find more about the conflict in Yemen, click here
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