Local news

Sun - 22 Dec 2019 - 08:09 PM ،،،

 An urgent meeting was held in al-Dhale on Sunday following armed attacks against international organisations working in the province.

The meeting congregated representatives of the Southern Transitional Council, local authority, imams of mosques, security and military officials and high-profile social figures.

The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, when four offices of international organizations working in al-Dhale, including International Rescue Committee (IRC) office, OXFAM, Mercy Cure and women’s center, were all simultaneously targeted and hit by rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) by unknown armed group. One on duty security guard sustained non life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a nearby hospital. No IRC staff have been killed.

Yemen Deputy Director of Programs at the IRC, Salma Ben Aissa said that "The IRC has suspended all movements and programming in the area and advised staff to stay home."

The IRC has been working in Yemen since 2012 and rapidly scaled its programming in 2015 to address greater humanitarian need caused by the conflict, Salma said, adding that the IRC has maintained access to affected populations and continues to provide life-saving healthcare, economic empowerment, women’s protection and empowerment, and education programming.

Member of the presidency of the Southern Transitional Council and assistant secretary general of the council, Fadl al-Jaadi strongly condemned the attacks.

Al-Jaadi stressed the need on his Twitter account "to confront the dirty terrorist acts against international organizations that meant to harm the resistance of al-Dhale and the reputation of its residents."