GENEVA, June 8 (Bernama) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has pulled 71 staff out of Yemen due to a series of incidents and threats, thus crippling humanitarian activities such as surgical services, visits to detainees, clean water initiatives and food assistance activities.
Its activities have been blocked, threatened and directly targeted in recent weeks, as well as seeing a vigorous attempt to instrumentalise its organisation as a pawn in the conflict.
"We hold all parties responsible for the security of our staff," the ICRC said in a statement here today.
The ICRC said while the Yemen delegation had received numerous threats in the past, it could not afford additional risk less than two months after a gunman killed a staff member.
"The security of our staff, who are being intimidated by parties to the conflict, is a non-negotiable prerequisite for our presence and work in Yemen and an absolute priority," it added.....