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The Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has distributed 1, 225 tonnes of food stuff to Yemen

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: WAM}

ERC distributes more aid to those affected by events in Yemen

 ABU DHABI, 22nd May, 2015 –The Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has distributed 1, 225 tonnes of food stuff to those affected by the unfolding events in Yemen.

Earlier, the ship laden with the humanitarian aid, ordered by the ERC arrived in Aden to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni brothers. Also other ships carrying 4, 000 tonnes of petroleum derivatives arrived in Aden to help operate the Yemeni hospitals, whose medical services deteriorated due to the lack of fuel, leading to the sharp decline of health conditions across Yemen.

Early in May, the ERC dispatched 850 tonnes of relief materials, including 650 tonnes of food stuff and 180 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies.

It said in a statement that it has strengthened its relief operations for those affected by the events in Yemen in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and orders of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the follow up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC.

The Authority confirmed that it works on all axes to strengthen the areas of humanitarian response for the victims and those affected.

The ERC underscored that it was one of the first regional humanitarian and international organisations that arrived in Yemen in the wake of humanitarian truce, which was announced recently. It indicated that it delivered the relief aid to the Yemeni brothers despite field difficulties that impede the flow of aid to all Yemeni provinces, which experience a severe shortage in all life basic requirements.

The ERC said that it is currently focused on providing the necessary and vital requirements, especially in the areas of health and shelter as well as petroleum derivatives, which are vital in many vital sectors.

It added that the delivery of aid to those affected in Yemen “represents a major challenge for aid workers and medical teams that deal with life-saving and alleviation of suffering”, noting that the aid distribution takes place in coordination and cooperation with regional and international humanitarian organisations currently operating in Yemen, with the aim to ease the suffering of those affected and improve the humanitarian conditions.

The ERC confirmed its commitment to strengthen its efforts in Yemen during the coming period to ward off the effects of the crisis in Yemen that have been affecting large segments of Yemeni people, adding that it would provide more aid for those affected in various humanitarian, health, food and shelter fields, as well as other requirements.

It reiterated that it is following with great concern the developments of the humanitarian situation in Yemen and its repercussions on the displaced and vulnerable sections, especially women and children who are most affected by the events, stressing that it will spare no effort to support all Yemeni provinces and meet the call of humanitarian duty towards them. Hence, “it works on different axes to provide humanitarian services to contribute to improving the conditions there, on the basis of humanitarian commitment to those affected, and to consolidate its strong presence in Yemen for decades.”

The ERC has provided strategic stock of various relief items from its stores in Jebel Ali to meet growing humanitarian needs of the people of Yemen and alleviate the suffering and improve the lives of those facing difficult circumstances.

It pledged that there will be daily relief shipments from the UAE to all Yemeni provinces that suffer severe lack of the basic life requirements.

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