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UNICEF brings aid relief to bombing victims in Sanaa, including children

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 01:33

Relief aid comes as a Saudi-led campaign to unseat Yemen's Houthi forces enters its fifth week and hospitals say they are running out of essentials. Gavino Garay reports.

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Boxes of aid relief for those injured in the bombing of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa --- among those injured are nearly 200 children. UNICEF is bringing the medical supplies to those affected by a month's worth of airstrikes led by a Saudi alliance trying to unseat Iran-allied Houthis and forces loyal to Yemen's former president. With fighting entering its fifth week, hospital staff say they are running out of essentials. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NURSE, YAHYA SINAN, SAYING: "The first thing we need is electricity and oxygen, and then we need medicine. We are about to run out of essentials and the hospitals will stop working. The hospitals need urgent support." In Sanaa, health authorities said they are facing a severe situation. UNICEF spokesman Mohamed Al-Asadi. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNICEF OFFICE SPOKESMAN, MOHAMED AL-ASADI, SAYING: "Today we have distributed medicine and relief aid to four main hospitals in the capital Sanaa. They will be used in the coming months, at least for two months, to provide relief, first aid and also obstetric aid as well as nutrition for malnourished children." The U.N. estimates more than 500 civilians have been killed since the bombings began and that among those killed as result of the conflict are 115 children. A Saudi-led blockade by air and sea, has aid groups warning that Yemen's humanitarian situation is "catastrophic".

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UNICEF brings aid relief to bombing victims in Sanaa, including children

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 01:33