Update April 5, 2015

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Red Cross seeks a 24-hour ceasefire in Yemen to deliver aid

Sumel Sarker

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Red Cross calls for 24-hour ceasefire

05 April 2015, Nirapad News: The Red Cross has called for a 24-hour ceasefire in Yemen to bring in desperately needed medical supplies after fierce fighting.

It says medical teams and rescuers must access Aden, a stronghold of those loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, or more civilians will die.

Fighting in the southern port city has intensified with Saudi-led airstrikes aiming to push back Shia Houthi rebels.

Russia, too, has called at the United Nations for a truce.

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The Red Cross says many more people will die if medical supplies cannot safely be brought in

It presented a draft resolution to an emergency session of the Security Council in New York, calling for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition to allow the evacuation of foreigners.

The draft, however, makes no mention of a halt to fighting by the Houthis.

It also demands “rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people in need”.

Jordan’s ambassador to the UN and current Council chairman Dina Kawar said members would need time to consider the draft.

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