In Yemen, changing nature of violence

A street scene in Aden, Yemen. A bombing has sent 50 wounded people to the Médecins Sans Frontières emergency surgical hospital in Aden. Photo by: Will De Freitas / CC BY-NC-ND

While Yemen’s apparent measures to ease political transition have earned the country both international support and increased humanitarian assistance, the situation on the ground for foreign aid workers still remains shaky — as it does for the civilians they are working to protect.

The level of tension in a town in Abyan province reached “its peak” this past weekend following a bombing at a funeral that killed 40 civilians and sent 50 wounded people to the Médecins Sans Frontières emergency surgical hospital in Aden, according to MSF project coordinator Anne Garella.

The trauma from the bombing carried over into the hospital scene, Garella relayed, for workers and victims alike: “We were very concerned about the security of the hospital and the patients.”

Garella has also voiced concern over the changing nature of violence in the province. In some towns, she said, armed clashes driven by conflicting ethnic groups are being substituted by “indiscriminate violence from bombing attacks and accidents involving landmines.”

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