Yemen in Focus: Doctors Without Borders/MSF USA Weekly Digest

This week the conflict in Yemen has intensified. MSF has worked in Yemen since 1986 and is currently operating emergency facilities in and around Aden, Khamer, Huth, and Ad Dhale.

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  1. Since fighting broke out on March 19 in Aden between forces loyal to President Hadi and elements of the security forces, there has been an upsurge in insecurity in the city and other parts of southern Yemen, including Ad-Dhale', Lawdar, and Lahj.
  2. “People in Al Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions since 2009, and now they have suffered the consequences of an airstrike on the camp,” said MSF operational manager for Yemen.
  3. Staff at MSF's Emergency Surgical Unit in Yemen has been receiving an influx of patients as fighting continues near the port city of Aden.
  4. At an MSF medical facility in Yemen's capital Sana's there is a shortage of specialized medical personnel to deal with the large numbers of wounded. Those who are present are facing extreme difficulties including a threat of violence from armed groups. "Even getting to the hospital is very risky," says a doctor at the hospital.
  5. The safe passage of all injured civilians and medical personnel is essential for care in Yemen to continue. MSF urges all armed groups to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers.
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