Urgent medical supplies arrive in Yemen

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Urgent medical supplies for more than 500,000 people in Yemen have been delivered by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

They are expected to help mostly women and children during the next three months.

UNICEF reported last week that at least 115 children had been killed due to fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The supplies, which UNICEF said arrived by boat in the port city of Aden, will replenish the rapidly depleting lifesaving supplies in health centres.

In Lahj Governorate, hospitals are reportedly overloaded with patients and critical resources are quickly running out.

The supplies delivered on Tuesday include medicines to treat up to 7,000 children for acute watery diarrhoea, and 50 midwifery kits that will support the safe delivery of 2,500 babies.

Another shipment of critical supplies is expected to arrive by boat in Hodeida on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for an end to ongoing attacks on health care workers and health facilities.

The UN health agency says health workers and ambulances carrying patients are constantly at risk of attack.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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