Yemen: UN Special Adviser helps broker access to Dammaj

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The ICRC in Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has gained access to Dammaj, a town in the northern governorate of Sa'ada in Yemen.

That's what the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, told the press in New York on Monday.

Dammaj has been the centre of clashes between Houthi and Salafi armed groups for the past several weeks, which has recently escalated, resulting in dozens killed and injured.

The agreement, which would allow ICRC to bring in medical supplies and evacuate the wounded, was brokered with the help of Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen.

"Mr. Benomar has been closely following the conflict in and around Dammaj, and he has been in close communication with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the Minister of Defence, and Houthi and Salafi leaders in Dammaj and elsewhere. He has pressed all concerned to implement an immediate cease-fire and to allow unfettered humanitarian access into the area. He also has urged them to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue to reach a sustainable solution to the conflict in the area." (23″)

The ICRC had teams stationed in Sa'ada, roughly eight kilometres from Dammaj, as it attempted to "vigorously" gain access to the town, the organization wrote on its website.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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