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UN condemns killing of Red Cross employee in Taiz

YEMEN (OBSERVATORY) – The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Liz Grande, on Saturday (21 April) condemned the killing of a staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Taiz, southwestern Yemen.

“We condemn this terrible and unjustified horror,” Grande said in a statement received by the Sputnik agency.

“Humanitarian organizations are working around the clock to provide food, medical care, shelter, water and legumes to millions of people affected by this devastating conflict,” she said. “We can not do what we have to do if we are insecure and afraid of our lives.”

“My deepest condolences to the family of our colleague at the ICRC and to everyone in the ICRC.”

“Parties to the conflict must abide by international humanitarian law by making every effort to protect civilians and ensure that they receive the assistance they need to survive,” she said. “We can not confirm enough commitment from the parties to protect the people who provide this assistance.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the National Salvation Government accused the problem in Sanaa of what it described as militias loyal to the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which supports the Yemeni President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the assassination of the organization’s staff.

“The attack on a car belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross in the area of ​​fog, which is controlled by the militias of aggression in the province of Taiz,” the foreign ministry said in an official statement issued by the official Saba news agency, And resulted in the death of Hanna Lahoud, one of the staff of the mission, deliberate and malicious targets aimed at the work of humanitarian organizations to limit their movements.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen had earlier announced the death of an unidentified gunman in Taiz, south of the country.

Throughout the province of Taiz, heavy clashes and heavy fighting between Ansar Allah (Houthis) and President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi have been raging for more than three years.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues its humanitarian and relief efforts to lift the siege on civilians in Taiz and other parts of Yemen since the outbreak of the crisis, while appealing to the world to end the state of war and to provide medical and pharmaceutical assistance to those affected by epidemics such as cholera.