Middle East

Turkish aid worker wounded in Yemen attack

Injured staff member will be brought back to Turkey, says head of Turkish Red Crescent

Burak Bir   | 20.10.2020
Turkish aid worker wounded in Yemen attack


ANKARA

A humanitarian aid worker of the Turkish Red Crescent was injured in an attack in Yemen, the agency said on Tuesday.

“One of our colleagues in the Turkish Red Crescent delegation in Yemen was injured in an armed attack by unidentified person or persons,” Kerem Kinik, the agency’s head, said in a tweet.

He said the injured worker underwent a surgery in Yemen’s Aden city and will be brought back to Turkey.

The Turkish Red Crescent is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey and has an extensive international network in many countries.

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when the Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis, including civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions remain at risk of starvation.

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