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Yemen 'crumbling' under humanitarian crisis: ICRC chief

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Yemen 'crumbling' under humanitarian crisis: ICRC chief

<p>Yemen is “crumbling” under a deepening humanitarian crisis after months of civil war, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Peter Maurer, the head of the Geneva-based humanitarian organisation, also called for all parties to negotiate a peace deal at the end of a three-day visit to the country on Tuesday.</p> <p>“The humanitarian situation is nothing short of catastrophic,” he said.</p> <p>“Medicines can’t get in so patient care is falling apart. Fuel shortages mean equipment doesn’t work. This cannot go on. Yemen is crumbling. As a matter of urgency, there must be free movement of goods into and across the country.”</p> <p>Fighting between Iran-allied Houthi forces and pro-government militias has raged since March when the Houthis advanced towards the port of Aden.</p> <p>Iran denies that is supplying the Shiite Houthis with military aid.</p> <p>A Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes since March in a bid to help pro-government forces restore President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, in exile in Riyadh, to power.</p> <p>Meanwhile on Tuesday, Yemeni military officials said the so-called “Popular Resistance Committees” had seized the town of Utmah, some 100 kilometres south of Sana’a.</p> <p>The group is made up of pro-government fighters, Sunni tribes, and southern separatists known as the Southern Resistance.</p> <p>The International Committee of the Red Cross says that nearly 4,000 people have been killed and 1.3 million forced to flee their homes during the conflict.</p>