As many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden since Aug. 8, when the latest round of fighting broke out, the office of the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for the country said in a statement on Sunday, citing preliminary reports.
“It is heart-breaking that during Eid al-Adha, families are mourning the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace and harmony,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande said, AFP reported.
“Our main concern right now is to dispatch medical teams to rescue the injured,” she noted.
“We are also very worried by reports that civilians trapped in their homes are running out of food and water,” Grande added.
“Families need to be able to move freely and safely to secure the things they need to survive.”
Grande further called on authorities to guarantee “unimpeded access” for humanitarian organizations.