Islamic Relief USA:  Food and Medical Aid to 7000 in Yemen

    IR international offices are undertaking efforts to provide emergency relief, with special focus on food aid, to those affected by recent violence.   Some 7,000 individuals in the Amran governate stand to benefit from a food distribution project. The food packages, providing at least a month’s worth of sustenance, will include items such as flour, sugar, cooking oil, rice, red beans, milk powder, tea and cooking sauce.   Life-saving medical supplies will insha’Allah be distributed to three main hospitals in the Aden governate, helping some 4,000 people in need.   IR requests to support their mission in Yemen. It will assist 5,160 vulnerable households (approx..36,120 individuals) in 6 governorates of Yemen (Marib, Lahj, Aden , Sanaa, Dhammar, and Taiz) with monthly food rations for 3 months, the food pack will contain: Wheat Flour 50KG Sugar 10 KG Cooking Oil 4 L Rice 20 KG/bag Pulses 9.6 KG   Source...

Yemen crisis: 120 killed in fighting as aid groups may stop working; fuel shortage cripples hospitals

 Over 120 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in heavy fighting across Yemen, rescue workers and Houthi sources said on Wednesday, as aid agencies warned fuel shortages could halt their urgent work. The heaviest clashes were concentrated in the southern port city of Aden, where at least 40 civilians trying to flee the city by boat died when shells fired by Houthi fighters struck their vessel, rescue workers and witnesses said. Earlier in the day, Houthi sources said 40 civilians were killed when warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck Yemeni provinces near the Saudi border overnight, following the death of three Saudis in the first deadly cross border attack since the Arab alliance began operations in March. The conflict has disrupted imports to Yemen, where about 20 million people or 80 per cent of the population are estimated to be going hungry, a statement by the United Nations and the Yemen International NGO Forum said. A shortage of fuel has crippled hospitals and food supplies in recent weeks, and the UN’s World Food Programme has said its monthly fuel needs have leapt from 40,000 litres a month to 1 million litres. “Millions of lives are at risk, in particular children, and soon we will not be able to respond,” Edward Santiago, country director for Save the Children, said in the statement. The statement also dismissed an announcement by the Saudi-led Arab alliance about a possible truce in some areas to allow for humanitarian supplies, saying a permanent end to hostilities was needed. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday Washington was concerned about the dire humanitarian situation...

IRUSA distributes Food and Medical stuff in Yemen

  Islamic Relief staff in Yemen are distributing aid sent by Islamic Relief USA donors—food to displaced families and medical supplies to overwhelmed clinics. Since March 19, violence has escalated dramatically in Yemen. An Islamic Relief staff member based in Sana’a said this situation is the worst he’s ever experienced there. “Even before the recent violence, Yemen was in crisis, but this has now moved to another level,” he said. “People are living in fear of their lives and with no electricity, very little fuel and food prices escalating. They are really struggling to get by. The level of suffering is almost overwhelming.” The United Nations said at least 150,000 people had been displaced by April 17, and only 10 days ater, the number had more than doubled. Electricity, water and fuel shortages are critical, and medical centers are overwhelmed. Food is among the greatest needs. By mid-April, in some communities, wheat flour was no longer available and all bakeries had closed down. Islamic Relief’s Yemen office currently has 100 staff members working on the ground. They began distributing food packages on April 11, and packages donated by U.S. donors began reaching families in need in the northern governorate of Amran April 20. IRUSA’s food packages are expected to help 7,000 people. Packages include staples like flour, rice, beans, noodles, sugar and cooking oil—enough for a family for two weeks to a month. Medical aid is another top priority. The World Health Organization reported April 21 that the health care system is facing “imminent collapse.” Hospitals are struggling to care for injured people amid dire shortages of medicines and vital supplies—supplies...

ISIS releases video of four Yemeni soldiers execution

  A branch of the Islamic State in Yemen has released footage allegedly showing the beheadings of four Yemeni soldiers and the shooting of 11 others, an observer said. It comes a week after the group declared its official presence in the war-torn country. The video was reportedly shot at night in southern Shabwa Province. It depicts a group of men from the Yemen Army’s Second Mountaineer Brigade, said the SITE Intelligence group that tracks online activity of white supremacist and jihadi organizations. Islamic State militants (IS, formerly ISIS) appeared to wield knives and kill four of the soldiers. Their heads are later seen on the ground. The clip then shows 10 other blindfolded and crouching soldiers. They are shot in the forehead, while one is hit from behind. It’s unclear when the video was filmed, but local reports say more than a dozen of the unit’s soldiers were killed in mid-April. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied responsibility for the executions in mid-April. The atrocity was claimed by “Shabwa Province” militia, which has recently announced itself to be an IS branch. The so-called Islamic State has recently declared its official presence in war-torn Yemen. The jihadists posted a video online, threating to “cut the throats” of Shiite Houthi rebels. The footage showed around two dozen IS fighters in full military gear training in desert terrain claimed to be near the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. “We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied,” the IS commander said in a video, as cited by the International Business Times. Houthi rebels took...

IRUSA 700,000 people impacted by conflict in Yemen.

Working in the worst affected areas, IR will supply much-needed food, water and sanitation, as well as trauma and first aid kits. An already devastating humanitarian situation in Yemen has deteriorated significantly amidst fighting. At least 600 people have so far been reported dead, 2,000 are injured and more than 100,000 have fled their homes. “In the next couple of days fuel is set to run out, which will mean that people won’t be able to access food and water in the worst-affected areas and thousands of injured people are in dire need of medical equipment and treatment,” says Mohamed Salah Aldin, Country Director for Islamic Relief in Yemen. “We urgently need to act before we have an acute humanitarian disaster on our hands. There is a massive need for medical supplies and clean water in Aden and our contacts on the ground are telling us there are huge queues of people everywhere desperate for water.” Food distributions have already begun Food distributions began yesterday in Sana’a and will continue into six other governorates. Every day, 200 families will receive flour, rice, sugar, beans, noodles, peas and cooking oil which normally last between two weeks and a month. Mohamed Salah Aldin explains: “In the first phase of the programme, we will provide emergency aid with medical supplies, food and water and then we’ll move into a more long-term recovery response. The huge numbers of displaced people means that this crisis will only get worse. And we have to be in it for the long haul.” One of the most food-insecure and water-scarce countries on the planet, Yemen has been...

Fighting rages in Yemen’s 3rd-largest city, strikes continue

SANAA, Yemen — Deadly street battles raged in Yemen’s third-largest city Sunday, as airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels struck targets in several cities, security officials said. The fighting in Taiz between pro-government forces and rebels was heaviest in the city center, killing about 20 civilians and wounding dozens, officials said, adding that indiscriminately fired mortar rounds hit several private residences and landed near a hospital. Reached by telephone, Taiz residents described relentless artillery, tank and heavy machine-gun fire. “It’s like our homes have become a military target. They are killing us in cold blood,” said ­Tawfiq al-Maamari, a resident. “We left our homes with our children because the missiles are raining down on us without mercy.” The continued airstrikes and ground combat underline how a negotiated peace remains elusive in the Arab world’s poorest country, despite a Saudi announcement last week that coalition operations would be scaled down and shifted to focus on diplomatic, humanitarian and counterterrorism issues. Both sides have said they welcome a return to dialogue. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are allied with military units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Fighting continued across the country Sunday, with airstrikes hitting the capital, Sanaa, as well as the cities of Dhamar, Marib, Aden, Shabwa, Hajjah, Saada, Ibb and Lahij, the officials said. In Sanaa, they hit a military base on the city outskirts known to be an arms depot, as well as sites near the presidential palace where weapons were being moved. In the southern port city of Aden, officials said air raids targeted rebels as street fighting between them and forces loyal...