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UAE relief work hailed
February 26, 2018
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ADEN: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised the UAE’s aid in Yemen via its humanitarian arm, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and expressed its thanks to the country’s efforts and support.

Whittaker Stapski, team lead of Operations Support and Logistics at the WHO Aden office, praised the UAE’s cooperation with the health organisation to assist Yemenis in liberated areas. He described the ERC’s cooperation as constructive and positive, ensuring that the two entities were able to deliver necessary aid to those in need.

WHO, with support from the ERC, last week began to distribute aid and medical supplies to 20 health centres across ten different Yemeni governorates, in the presence of the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen, Dr Ali Al-Walidi. Distribution of essential supplies also reached 12 liberated regions in the country.

Aid and medicinal supplies were delivered to Al Shahr and Tarim medical centres in Hadramaut, the Marib General Hospital, medical centres in Al Khobar, Mahfoud and Loder in Abyan, and the Mocha General Hospital in Taiz.

The UAE through the Emirates Red Crescent continues its humanitarian assistance across all liberated areas in Yemen.

Total UAE aid provided to Yemen between April 2015 and November 2017 reached Dhs9.4 billion ($2.56 billion).

In a separate development, the Houthis militias have released dozens of prisoners in Hodeidah Governorate, forcing them to join the militias and fight the legitimate government of Yemen’s forces.

According to Yemeni military sources, the militias released the prisoners to boost the ranks of their fighters, after suffering heavy losses in lives and equipment during battles along the country’s Red Sea Coast. The militias sent the prisoners to the battle fronts after supplying them with weapons, the sources added.


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