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Doctors Without Borders deliver 17 tons of medicaments to Yemen

April 13, 2015, 16:28 UTC+3 KUWAIT CITY
The humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate, according to the World Health Organization, 643 people were killed in the conflict and 2,226 more injured as of April 6
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KUWAIT CITY, April 13. /TASS/. Doctors Without Borders organization has sent a plane with humanitarian aid to Yemen, Sky News Arabia reported on Monday.

The plane has already landed in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. It delivered 17 tons of medicaments to the country hit by a military crisis.

On April 11, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered 32 tons of humanitarian aid to Sanaa, including medicaments, electric generators and tents. On April 10, ICRC delivered 16 tons of aid, including medicaments and surgical equipment.

ICRC spokesperson Claire Kaplun said the Red Cross is not planning to send additional humanitarian aid to Yemen in the nearest future.

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. The World Health Organization said that 643 people were killed in the conflict and 2,226 more injured as of April 6. The crisis in the Persian Gulf country has affected around 15.9 million people. More than 254,000 people fled the country, while 334,000 were internally displaced.

Crisis in Yemen

Since August 2014, Yemen has been hit by a severe political and security crisis. In late January, the armed groups of Ansar Allah (Houthi rebels) forced the president and the government to announce resignation.

The rebels later took control of the country’s capital and several northern provinces. They also announced the adoption of the so-called constitutional declaration.

Overnight to March 26, Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in the neighboring country and delivered air strikes at several Houthi positions. The coalition was later joined by Bahrein, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi fled the country to Saudi Arabia.

Houthi rebels are currently fighting pro-government forces over control of Yemen’s second-largest city of Aden. The coalition is currently considering launching a ground operation in Yemen to oust Houthis.

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