Crisis Update: Yemen

Since the clashes erupted in Aden on the 19th of March between forces loyal to president Hadi and special security forces - a rebel unit loyal to the former president Saleh - the conflict intensified in Aden and other areas in the South of Yemen, including Ad-Dhale', Lawdar and Lahj. MSF emergency surgical unit received more than 600 patients from March 19 until April 5, but it is more and more difficult for wounded to reach the hospital as roads are often blocked and ambulances stopped, attacked and highjacked. Depuis que les combats ont éclaté le jeudi 19 mars à Aden entre les forces fidèles au président Hadi et les forces spéciales de sécurité,une unité rebelle fidèle à l'ancien président Saleh, le conflit s'est intensifié à Aden ainsi que dans d'autres zones du sud du Yémen, y compris à Ad-Dhale', Lawdar et Lahj. L'unité chirurgicale d'urgence de MSF d'Aden a reçu plus de 600 patients entre le 19 mars et le 5 avril, mais les blessés ont de plus de plus de difficultés à atteindre l'hôpital, les routes étant souvent bloquées et les ambulances attaquées, confisquées ou braquées.
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The humanitarian crisis in Yemen grows more catastrophic each day. Fighting and indiscriminate airstrikes have harmed civilians, medical facilities, and critical infrastructure, disabling the only international airport in the country. These attacks, along with an unwavering blockade, have crippled Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières's (MSF's) ability to access people who are in dire need of care, as it is nearly impossible to get supplies and aid workers into the country. Fuel is all but unavailable, making it increasingly difficult for Yemenis to seek medical care, or even access clean drinking water. Since fighting broke out, more than 1,500 people have been killed, and MSF has treated more than 1,600 wounded by the fighting and bombings.
On May 28, 2015, a panel of experts from MSF, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group discussed the current situation on the ground, and what immediate action needs to be taken to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.


Robert Blecher, deputy program director, Middle East and North Africa, for International Crisis Group.

Philippe Bolopion, United Nations and crisis advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

Pablo Marco, Yemen operations manager for MSF, and recently returned from Sana'a.

Phil Zabriskie, editorial director for MSF-USA, will moderate the discussion.

Learn More about MSF's Work in Yemen