Aid for siege residents
Emirates Red Crescent has distributed 2,000 relief and food parcels in the Al Shamaytayn district of Taiz governorate in Yemen. Al Shamaytayn is located south of Taiz, and is as one of the largest directorates of Yemen, with a population of about 206,239 people. By the end of 2015, the number of families displaced to the directorate reached about 48,442 out of a total of 324,602 inhabitants, and the number of displaced people continues to rise due to the blockade of Taiz. National news agency WAM reported that the Houthi militia in Yemen have refused to lift the siege imposed on the city of Taiz, despite promises to open the western passageway leading to the province of Hodeidah.