Yemeni fleeing civilians face more misery eith harsh winter: ICRC
Yemeni civilians fleeing a civil conflict in the north face harsh winter conditions that are increasing their misery, ICRC said.
Yemeni civilians fleeing a civil conflict in the north face harsh winter conditions that are increasing their misery, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.
The Yemeni government is battling southerner fighters in the north, a conflict that drew in Saudi Arabia after a cross-border rebel raid in November.
"Harsh winter conditions in the north are making the already dire situation of people fleeing the conflict even worse," spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas told a news briefing.
believed to be alive and authorities were trying to gain their release.
In Geneva, the ICRC said it had been unable to verify allegations that civilians have been killed in the fighting between the government and the fighters as it lacks access to large parts of the conflict areas.
A "regular influx" of displaced people is pouring into Saada City, near the Saudi border, many having fled with only the clothes on their back, Krimitsas said. Several thousand arrived there in the first days of the year, she added.
More Yemeni children are coming down with respiratory tract infections due to the cold night time temperatures, she added.
The ICRC does not have any casualty figures from the conflict but says tens of thousands of people have been uprooted since fighting erupted last August.
It has distributed aid to 73,000 displaced people and is helping to manage five camps, including Mandaba camp close to the Saudi border which holds 7,000.
The Geneva-based agency repeated its appeal to both sides to be able to visit people detained during the conflict.
Reutrs Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2010, 18:08