Chaos in Aden following southern rebels’ seizure of the city

Chaos in Aden following southern rebels’ seizure of the city

Alsahwa Net- The Aden city, which is supposedly the home base of the government experiences unprecedented disorder following separation militia’s full takeover of the city on August 10.

The four-day clashing in the city between the Emirati-backed separatists and the pro-government forces led to the death of 16 civilians among them children, according to a news statement released by Aden Youth Assembly for Rights and Freedom, a local NGO based in the city.

The NGO indicated that other 450 people were injured during the fighting that ended with seizure of the city by the separation gunmen. 

Neary 2,400 northern citizens were deported from the city by the separatists and other 1,000 local households had to displace to safer areas in nearby governorates.

The separatists have also destroyed vendors’ shops that used to be run by northerners in quarters of Aden, according to Aden Youth Organization.

It added that 43 cafeterias, 14 restaurants and 700 commercial shops that belong to northern people were shut down throughout Aden.

The news statement by the organization said it has obtained information that gunmen looted abandoned houses after 600 households left home seeking life-protection.

“Money, cellphones, furniture and other valuable staff were looted from citizens’ houses following seizure of the city by the separation forces,” the organization said.

Over 6,000 northern citizens were also banned entrance into Aden by security checkpoints manned by pro-separation gunmen out Aden city.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday that hospitals in Aden are short of medicine.

“Hospitals in the Yemeni city of Aden are struggling and desperately in need of basic supplies, following days of fighting that left scores dead and hundreds injured,” said thr ICRC in a new release published on its website last Monday.

It added that “Many of those wounded and trapped during the clashes couldn't reach health facilities, with some dying as a result.”

It says that its team in Aden “visited two hospitals on Monday and donated surgical kits enough to treat one hundred people, as well as mattresses, stretchers and body bags.”

It quoted Mathias Kempf, head of the ICRC mission in Aden saying "Fighting went on for 72 hours with heavy weapons, which was very intense during the day. Shots could be heard close to the ICRC office.”

Around 200,000 people were left without clean water as the situation deteriorated. It says that the ICRC “liaised with various organizations and authorities to restore this vital basic service at a time when the city was preparing for one of the biggest Islamic holidays of the year, Eid Al Adha, with workplaces closed and families gathering to celebrate.”

The ICRC explained that widespread conflict, severe economic decline, food insecurity and collapse of essential public services continue to take an enormous toll on the Yemeni population.

"What happened to the population in Aden is not an isolated situation but takes place in all parts of Yemen almost daily. Political decisions are necessary to stop the suffering of the population," said Kempf.

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