UN: 40 killed, 260 injured in Aden fighting

UN: 40 killed, 260 injured in Aden fighting

The United Nations said Sunday that the battles in Aden have left dozens of civilian victims, and that initial reports indicate 40 dead and 260 injured, as well as exacerbating people's living suffering.

On Thursday and Friday, clashes between government forces and the transitional council forces calling for secession in southern Yemen escalated, causing water and electricity services to stop, and thousands of civilians were trapped inside their homes amid shelling.

"It is very sad that families wear mournful clothes on Eid al-Adha after the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace and harmony," Said Liz Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, in a statement seen by Al-Masdar Online.

The southern Transitional Council, which demands the secession of southern Yemen from its north, on Saturday announced its control of the Ma'ashiq presidential palace and most of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's military sites after three days of fierce fighting.

Ms. Grande confirmed that humanitarian organizations were on the ground and would continue their work, saying: Our main concern now is to send medical teams to rescue the injured, and we are very concerned by reports that civilians trapped in their homes are running out of food and water."

Grande asked the authorities to ensure unhindered access for humanitarian organizations so that we could reach people in need of assistance.

The UN statement said: " Currently, 34 humanitarian organizations operate in Aden, where an average of 1.9 million people get food aid and more than 1.6 million people have access to safe drinking water every month."


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