(The New York Times) – The quality of mercy is strained in the Middle East. Last week, Saudi Arabia closed off the highways, sea routes and airports in war-torn Yemen, forbidding humanitarian groups from even shipping chlorine tablets for the Yemenis suffering from a cholera epidemic. More than 500,000 Yemenis have been infected with cholera this year and […]

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(UNOCHA) – Abs, a desolate settlement in northern Yemen, has become the harsh home for thousands of people fleeing the country’s ongoing conflict. The people living there each have a different story, but their stories all share a tragic common thread: fear and loss, hunger and hopelessness. Link

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(IRIN) – Aid agencies are ringing loud alarm bells after the Saudi Arabia-led coalition closed Yemen’s land borders, sea ports, and airspace, warning of the extreme dangers of cutting off access and assistance to a country already on the verge of famine. The UN’s top relief official Mark Lowcock told reporters on Wednesday that if the new restrictions – […]

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(ICRC) – Since my last briefing, brutal attacks have continued, unabated, against the wounded and sick, medical care providers, ambulances and health care facilities. We are at risk of creating a ‘new normal’: too many actors are legitimizing attacks as “collateral damage” rather than outrageous violations. The question we need to be asking today is ‘where […]

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