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Christmas under the bombs in Yemen hit the office of Oxfam
ROME. Around the night of 22 December, two rockets hit the office of Oxfam at The Dhale'and, in the south east of Yemen, seriously damaging the roof and at the entrance of the structure. The attack did not cause casualties even if this is not the first in the area directed towards the structures managed by humanitarian agencies lately.

because of the bombardment, Oxfam, for security reasons, was forced to temporarily suspend relief operations in the Governorate, where it is working to ensure access to clean water, food, and hygiene services to a population exhausted by nearly 5 years of conflict.

accordingly, this Christmas, about 1.359 families are not eligible to receive financial aid for the purchase of goods, food and other 5,000 are not eligible for interventions for the restoration of essential infrastructure.

"our priority at this time is to ensure the safety of our operators in the field," said Muhsin Siddiquey, director of Oxfam in Yemen. "Humanitarian organizations cannot be a target and have to be put in the conditions of work to assist the population, without being threatened with their life. Ngos like Oxfam are working on the field, they are an essential source of help to ensure the survival of millions of yemenis. The first comes at the expense of attacks on humanitarian actors are men, women, and innocent children".

In this time of over 24 million yemenis, or about 80% of the population of a devastated country, it totally depends on from the humanitarian aid also only to drink, to eat, to care.

"All this must end as soon as possible. The parties to the conflict and the international community must ensure that humanitarian access and the safety of humanitarian workers", adds Paolo Pezzati, policy advisor for humanitarian emergencies, Oxfam Italy. "Countries such as Italy, which in recent years has allowed the export of billions of euros of arms to countries involved in the conflict, such as Saudi Arabia or the united Arab Emirates, is the responsibility of grievous bodily harm in having fuelled a conflict that from march 2015, has caused more than 12 thousand civil victims. Oxfam has helped more than 3 million yemenis from the explosion of the conflict, but if the humanitarian organizations will not be able to provide aid, still many will die. The international community, and Italy should stop, turn around to the other side and act immediately before it is too late to stop any of the conflicts the more atrocious by the end of the Second World War".

Everyone can make their voice heard at the side of the yemeni people, by signing the petition #SosYemen on the website of the organization.

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