The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has raised the alarm over yesterday’s killing of dozens of civilians in the Yemeni capital Sana’a – the result of several attacks on a wake following a funeral attended by hundreds of people, lamenting that Civilians in Yemen have already paid far too heavy a price these past 18 months.
“We deplore this outrageous loss of civilian life,” said Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s regional director for the Near and Middle East. “Civilians in Yemen have already paid far too heavy a price these past 18 months,” added Mr Mardini.
“We are supporting hospitals and the health authorities to deal with the influx of dead and wounded. We have provided 300 dead body bags so far and dispatched a large quantity of medical supplies to three hospitals in Sana’a,” said Mr Mardini, adding that the ICRC is still ready to provide further assistance and as well as to mobilize its forensic team if needed.
Last night, paramedics on site were still recovering the bodies of the dead and attempting to rescue the wounded, even as an initial reports received by the ICRC indicated a very high number of casualties, which could rise further.
The last couple of days have seen an intensification of airstrikes across the country, heightening suffering and leading to loss of civilian life.
As the humanitarian situation in Yemen grows ever more acute, the ICRC calls on all parties to ensure that all feasible precautions were taken to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, pleading that Explosive weapons with a wide impact area should be avoided in densely populated areas.