Fighting in Yemen's capital intensifies
Oct 19, 2011
As fighting between the Yemen government and protesters supported by sections of the army continues, families are being moved out for safety, IRIN reports.
On October 18, more than six protesters were killed and at least 40 were seriously injured as pro-government troops and snipers held a demonstration in the capital, Sana'a.
"The city [Sana'a] has become a war zone," Mohammed al-Emad, a protest leader, told the publication. "Bombings are heard from all directions - from east, west, north and south."
The continued turmoil and acts of violence have forced hundreds of families to flee their homes in parts of the city including the Hay Sufan, Jeffaf and Nahdha regions. Since September 16, more than 2,300 people have been injured due to fighting.
"If we don't act now, the situation could become a catastrophe," Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the news source. "In neighboring Somalia, we have seen what happens if warnings go unheeded, and too little is done in time to stop a crisis. Let us not repeat the same mistake in Yemen."
Amos is urging humanitarian groups to get involved to try and stop the fighting before bigger problems arise.