Five killed in heavy fighting in Yemen's Taez: MSF

Clashes prevent patients from reaching MSF supported hospital


Afp April 23, 2019
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DUBAI: Five people have been killed and dozens wounded in Yemen's third city of Taez, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday after clashes erupted between various pro-government factions.

"Heavy fighting has once again resumed inside Taez," a city just inland from the Red Sea port of Mokha, MSF wrote on Twitter.

"MSF supported facilities have received some 91 wounded and recorded five deaths directly related to the fighting," since April 19, it added.

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The medical charity added the clashes are preventing patients from reaching an MSF supported hospital in the city -- the only facility providing maternal healthcare to Taez residents.

The city is under siege by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels but controlled by pro-government forces, who are backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the World Health Organisation, nearly 10,000 people -- most of them civilians -- have been killed and more than 60,000 wounded since the alliance intervened in March 2015.

Rights group estimate the toll could be much higher.

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