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British Red Cross launches Yemen Crisis appeal in response to ‘desperate’ situation

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British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal in response to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is working to bring two cargo planes with over 48 tonnes of aid to Yemen. Relief will include sufficient medical supplies to treat up to 1500 wounded patients, plus tents, pipes and generators to help fix water systems.

The British Red Cross has already donated £240,000 towards immediate relief and the Yemen Crisis appeal will help to fund items such as vital medical supplies and war-wound treatment kits as the number of injuries continues to rise. The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is one of the few agencies able to respond to the crisis.

“The situation in Yemen is desperate and we must step up the aid response,” said the British Red Cross’s Middle East manager Ted Tuthill. “Hospitals are struggling to cope with the large numbers of injured, especially serious burns cases. We urgently need to get more medical and water supplies in. Food is also a concern. The numbers of people in need of help is staggering but we cannot allow the scale of the crisis to overwhelm us. Lives are on the line and we must act.”

Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes and food stocks are running low. A lack of water and power is placing additional strain on the population.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urging all parties to the conflict to allow aid workers to operate safely following the death of three Yemen Red Crescent workers last week. It is also calling for the safe passage of supplies into the country.

It currently has more than 250 staff on the ground and is working with the Yemen Red Crescent to provide ambulances, emergency health care, help with evacuations and body retrieval.

To donate to the British Red Cross Yemen Crisis Appeal go to: http://www.redcross.org.uk/yemencrisis or call 0300 023 0815. Postal donations can be sent to: British Red Cross Yemen Crisis Appeal 44 Moorfields London EC2Y 9AL

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NOTE: Spokespeople are available in the UK and in Yemen. To arrange interviews, please call Penny Sims on 020 7877 7044 or Nichola Jones on 07710 391 703.

The Yemen Crisis appeal will cover countries currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.