Yemen’s Houthis battle over central Aden, first medical aid arrives

April 8, 2015 | By | Reply More

Apr 08, – Houthi forces fought battles street by street with local militia in the old center of Aden on Wednesday, as the first boatloads of emergency medical aid arrived to the south Yemeni port city which aid workers say faces a humanitarian catastrophe.

hromedia Yemen's Houthis battle over central Aden, first medical aid arrives arab uprising3Residents saw a dozen bodies strewn on the streets and said several buildings were burnt or demolished by rocket fire. Mosques broadcast appeals for jihad against the Houthis, Iran-allied fighters who have taken over large areas of Yemen.

By mid-afternoon residents of the central Crater neighborhood said the Houthi push, backed by tanks and armored vehicles, had been at least partially repelled, and that Houthi fighters had been cleared from some northern neighborhoods.

Iran, which denies arming the Houthis, has condemned the Saudi-led offensive. It sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, saying they would protect Iranian shipping.

Aden has been the target of a three-week-old assault by the Muslim Shi’ite fighters, who control the capital Sanaa. Their assault prompted Tehran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia and its allies to launch air strikes against the Houthis.

The fighting has had a devastating impact on parts of Aden. Scores of people have been killed, water and electricity have been cut off in central neighborhoods, and hospitals have struggled to cope with the casualties.

“It’s nearly catastrophic,” said the International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman in Yemen, Marie Claire Feghali.

“Shops are closed, so people cannot get food, they cannot get water. There are still dead bodies in the street. Hospitals are extremely exhausted.”

A boat carrying 2.5 tonnes of medicine docked in Aden on Wednesday, the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said. MSF said it was the first shipment the group had delivered to Aden since the fighting escalated.

The ICRC said a surgical team also reached Aden on Wednesday by boat, and was heading to a hospital in the city of 1 million people.

The World Health Organization says at least 643 people have been killed in the conflict and more than 2,200 wounded. Tens of thousands of families have been displaced by fighting on the ground and by the air strikes.

Press journalist for HROMedia – Khizer Hayat reports.

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