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ICRC president visits Yemen amid ongoing conflict

Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 01:06

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visits Yemen amid ongoing conflict to highlight the country's catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, arrived to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday (August 8) for a two-day visit to highlight the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country. Speaking to reporters upon arrival at Sanaa airport, Maurer said the ICRC's mandate was to "ensure that rules and principles are respected during warfare." In a statement released prior to his arrival, the ICRC said more than 3,800 people have been killed since the Saudi-led coalition air strikes aimed at ousting the Iran-backed Houthis began on March 26. Another 1.3 million Yemenis have been displaced as a result of the conflict. Four ICRC volunteers have also been killed since March. Maurer said he looked "forward to talk to the people, to the actors, in the country." The months-old conflict has caused large scale damage to both civilian infrastructure and medical facilities across the country. According to the ICRC, Maurer will visit several different locations in the country and meet with Yemeni officials. The ICRC has accused all sides of failing to adhere to the laws of war, resulting in added suffering to the population. Militias siding with exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled Yemen for Saudi Arabia in March, and army units trained and equipped by Gulf Arab countries have made advances against the Iranian-allied Houthis in recent weeks. Saudi forces and the Houthis have been trading fire across the border since the Arab alliance began its operations.

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ICRC president visits Yemen amid ongoing conflict

Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 01:06