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Yemen doctors at breaking point

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:17

A Sanaa hospital struggles to cope with the high number of casualties with severe injuries, after an air strike left at least 25 dead and hundreds wounded. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Eruptions in Yemen as violence rips through the streets of Taiz. Pitched street battles as Iran-backed Houthi fighters clash with forces supporting the country's president -- that are backed by a Saudi led coalition. In the capital city Sanaa, a hospital is overwhelmed, as medical workers cope with the aftermath of an airstrike that killed at least 25 people and left hundreds wounded. Dr. Mortath Said says, they are reaching a breaking point. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) HOSPITAL DOCTOR, MORTATH SAID, SAYING: "We are working very hard - beyond our abilities. We have provided treatment to all cases that have arrived so far, but I expect that we will not be able to continue if such violent air raids continue for four or five days more." Analysts say growing civilian casualties are putting pressure on the Saudi-led coalition to call at least a temporary halt to the air strikes. And now Iran is hinting that a ceasefire could be in the works. But members of the coalition and their Western backers have so far rejected Iran's proposals -- with nothing yet promising to heal the wounds of war.

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Yemen doctors at breaking point

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:17