Sana’a, Yemen - The increase of violence and fighting since last Saturday in southern Yemen has led to a high number of victims and wounded among civilians.Doctors without Borders (MSF) teams already received and treated 8 severely injured patients at Aden hospital, transferred from Jaar Health Post, and 43 were received at Lawdar Hospital, both supported by MSF.
Since Saturday, MSF have seen an increase on patients admitted in health facilities in Jaar, Lawdar and Aden, following a new wave of violence and fighting around Zinjibar, capital of Abyan governorate, and Lawdar, a hundred miles northeast of Zinjibar. MSF is concerned about the fate of civilians caught in the bombs and ask all parties to respect the protection of the population and allow access to health facilities.
Since January 2012, more than 3.000 patients were treated at the Jaar Health Post and more than 1.500 at the Lawdar Emergency Room. Our medical structures referred to Aden more than 200 acute cases that could not be taken in charge in Abyan region. More than a third of these cases were trauma cases related to violence, and the vast majority was civilian victims.
MSF has been working in Yemen since 1994 and continuously since 2007. Today, the organisation conducts medical and surgical activities in the governorates of Amran and Hajjah in the north of the country, as well as in Aden, Lajh, Abyan and Al Dahle, in the South.
MSF is a private humanitarian international organisation providing emergency medical aid in nearly 65 countries worldwide. For its activities in Yemen, MSF does not accept funding from any government and chooses to rely solely on private donations