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EU Urges Restraint In Yemen, Refrain From Targeting Civilian Infrastructure

The European Union on Thursday said the current conflict in Yemen is having a dramatic impact on the civilian population whose needs have reached alarming proportions.

Access for the delivery of humanitarian aid and essential supplies, including fuel, food and basic commodities to ordinary Yemenis remains extremely difficult. The recent airstrikes and shelling of Hodeida port facilities have created an additional and immediate obstacle to the import of food, fuel, medicines and other critical goods to alleviate some of the most pressing needs of the population.

The EU called on all parties to the conflict to refrain from deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure, while urging all concerned to rapidly engage in a process to put an end to the conflict.

"At this very moment, a predictable and sustainable humanitarian pause is essential to prevent the further deepening of this humanitarian catastrophe," the EU said in a statement.

The EU also said it fully supports the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, to resume inclusive negotiations and called on all Yemeni parties to resume political dialogue without preconditions.

On August 5, the European Commission increased its humanitarian aid by a further EUR 12 million for people affected by the crisis in Yemen, bringing the total contribution allocated to EUR 37 million in 2015. The EU added that this support helps address the most pressing needs of the suffering population.

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