The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Liz Grande, commented on initial reports of 40 deaths and 260 injuries since fighting erupted in the city of Aden on 8 August, saying "It is very sad that families mourn their loved ones on Eid al-Adha rather than celebrate with them this occasion in peace and harmony. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the dead and our solace to the wounded."

"Humanitarian organizations are on the ground and will continue to operate. Our main concern now is to send medical teams to rescue the injured. We are very concerned by reports of civilians running out of food and water supplies while trapped in their homes," she said in a statement distributed by her office.

Grande urged "all conflicting parties to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law and to do their utmost to protect all Yemeni civilians, throughout the country."

"Families must be able to move freely and safely to secure their survival needs. We ask the authorities to ensure unhindered access for humanitarian organizations so that we can reach people with assistance," the UN Humanitarian Coordinator maintained.

"Currently, 34 humanitarian organizations operate in Aden, reaching an average of 1.9 million people with food aid and more than 1.6 million people have access to safe drinking water every month. The port of Aden is one of the main gateways for commercial and humanitarian goods to Yemen," Grande's office indicated.

"Yemen is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Nearly 80 per cent of the total population, or 24.1 million people, need some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. Despite the difficult operating environment, 117 international and national partner organizations have worked Throughout Yemen in the first six months of 2019 to respond to the most urgent needs," Grande corroborated in her statement.

"The Yemeni Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 requires US $ 4.2 billion in funding to help more than 20 million Yemenis, including 10 million people who rely entirely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs each month. To date, the operation has been funded by only 34 percent. Humanitarian organizations appeal to donors to provide funding as soon as possible," Grande's statement concluded.

Source: National News Agency

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