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Water shortage in Yemen amid coalition bombardment

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 01:02

The Yemeni port city of Aden is on the brink of collapse after weeks of aerial bombardments and fierce fighting leaves residents in short supply of food and water. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Residents of Aden line up to collect their daily ration of drinking water. As fighting rages between Houthi rebels -- allied with Iran -- and loyalists of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi... ...basic necessities are in short supply here. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADEN RESIDENT, MOHAMMED AMIN, SAYING: "Oh people of good faith, oh people of the world, we are living under siege, surrounded by these Houthis; no water, no electricity, the sewage is overflowing, our children's bellies are swollen and we have no medicine, we have nothing." The Houthis still control much of Yemen despite weeks of Saudi-led coalition air strikes -- which have killed more than 1,300 people and displaced thousands. But they've agreed to a five-day humanitarian ceasefire set to begin Tuesday. And many hope it will be just enough time for an influx of desperately needed food and medical supplies.

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Water shortage in Yemen amid coalition bombardment

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 01:02