Aid agencies continue to call for safe passage in besieged Yemen governorate

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Girls fetching water in Mawyah district, Taiz,Yemen. This role often falls on the shoulders of girls and young women, often at the expense of their education. File Photo: OCHA

At least 95 people, the majority of them women and children, were killed in Taizz, Yemen, during the last two weeks of August, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported.

OCHA and partners are calling for safe access to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to nearly two million people who lack access to basic services.

They say an escalation in fighting between government forces and rebels is making an "already desperate situation" even worse.

Dianne Penn reports.

Taizz is the most populous governorate in Yemen and the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, already considered it one of the most vulnerable in the country.

The agency said airstrikes, indiscriminate shelling and intense fighting have "exacerbated an already desperate situation."

In addition to the reported deaths, nearly 130 civilians were also injured from 14 to 27 August.

People caught in the fighting are unable to escape, while homes are being looted and destroyed in retaliation for alleged support of opposition parties.

The health system is also collapsing with all six hospitals in the governorate no longer operational, while the water network has stopped working due to heavy damage.

Meanwhile, parties to the conflict "continue to disregard international humanitarian law," OCHA stated.

The UN agency and its partners stressed the need for "predictable, safe and unimpeded passage and access" to deliver aid to communities in need.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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