🔊 #Children in the #Yemeni capital Sana’a and other districts are cut off from vital #help and risk being #injured or #killed in intense street #battles and #airstrikes . #SavetheChildren is calling for an urgent #ceasefire to allow aid agencies to help #childreninneed of #food and #medical supplies.
Escalating #violence between the #Houthis and forces loyal to the late former President Ali Abdullah #Saleh over the past few days, combined with new airstrikes from the #Saudi -led Coalition, has trapped prevented #Yemenis from accessing basic supplies like food, #medicine and #water and trapped aid workers indoors.
#Families report that children are terrified under some of the most intense fighting seen in the capital since the war began. Many Yemeni families haven’t had reliable electricity for nearly three years, so they’re relying on intermittent #solarpower .
Mohammed Awadh, Communications Manager, Save the Children, has been sheltering in a small storeroom with his wife and baby daughter: “My daughter is nearly two, and now she recognises the sound of the #bombs . I have to explain to her that we can’t go outside and why she can’t have any sweets. She cries when we have to go into the #shelter – the building has been shaking under the #bombardment and it’s very dark, we only have electricity for six hours a day.” Children are also at risk of shrapnel, stray bullets and blast injuries from the heavy use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Ambulances reportedly can’t reach the #injured and have been shot at, schools are shut and pregnant women in labour can’t leave their homes to go to #hospital . The streets have been deserted amid the continued clashes and airstrikes. - #regrann
Tamer Kirolos, Yemen Country Director, #SavetheChildren , said: “The last few days have been unimaginably terrifying for #children trapped under intense #bombardment . We’re not able to get out in #Sanaa to reach people with life-saving support while the #fighting is this intense.” “Millions of children are already #acutelymalnourished and sick because of the #war and #blockade in #Yemen , and their #families can’t go out to get them #food and #medicalcare . People are running out of clean water and basic supplies. It was hard to imagine that the situation in Yemen could get worse, but with this latest escalation it has.” The latest #violence comes after a devastating blockade was imposed on #commercial and aid imports to Yemen’s main ports of entry in November by the #Saudi -led coalition, which has only partially been lifted. Save the Children has warned about the prospect of #famine and an alarming spike in children with #severeacutemalnutrition . The cut in supplies has crippled #hospitals , grain processing facilities and #water and sanitation plants and sent the prices of basic goods soaring. The price of water, for example, has risen by 600% in some areas – increasing the risk of water-borne diseases like #cholera because families can’t access clean water.
Save the Children has requested #traumakits to help respond to the high number of injured #civilians , but there’s a shortage of medical supplies to treat #trauma injuries in the country due to the blockade. The #charity is calling for an #immediateceasefire to allow #aid agencies and #medics to reach the #peopleinneed .
Kirolos continued: “All those fighting in Yemen and their #allies must act now to stop the senseless suffering of children because of this #conflict , and immediately enact a ceasefire. If this is not a wake-up call to the international community that the war in Yemen must be brought to an end, I don’t know what is.”
🏴Tuesday 11th January 1944. The (triple) absurd bombardment of Piraeus (Greece) by our allies, the Americans (1) and the British (2 times) that supposed to target the military facilities of the Germans... It is estimated that at least 600 people died that day.🏴
🏴Β' Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος... Δύο χρώματα κυριαρχούν... Το πορφυρό του αίματος και το μαύρο που το σκοτάδι προδίδει. Ήταν Τρίτη 11 Ιανουαρίου 1944, σα σήμερα, πριν 74 χρόνια, όταν ο Πειραιάς βομβαρδίστηκε 3 φορές από τους συμμάχους... τους Συμμάχους!! Πρώτα, ήταν οι Αμερικανοί και αργότερα, ακολούθησαν 2 επιδρομές από τη RAF, τη βρετανική αεροπορία. Θεωρητικά, οι στόχοι ήταν στρατιωτικοί, δηλαδή οι εγκαταστάσεις των Γερμανών. Όμως, τελικά, οι βόμβες έπληξαν κυρίως το κέντρο της πόλης τερματίζοντας βίαια τη ζωή εκατοντάδων ανυποψίαστων κατοίκων... Γράφοντας το διήγημα αυτό, έκανα έρευνα 3 μηνών για να είμαι όσο το δυνατόν πιο αντικειμενικός, και είχα την "τύχη" να διαβάσω μαρτυρίες που μόνο η λέξη «φρίκη» μπορεί να τις χαρακτηρίσει. Όπως λέει και ένα τραγούδι που γράφτηκε από τον Μιχάλη Γενίτσαρη με αφορμή την εφιαλτική αυτή ημέρα: «Μπόμπες πολλές ερίξανε μέσα στο Τελωνείο και τον Περαία κάνανε σωστό νεκροταφείο». Ο ακριβής αριθμός των θυμάτων... ακόμη άγνωστος. Αρκετές πηγές κάνουν λόγο για τουλάχιστον 600 νεκρούς.🏴 #worldwar2#bombardment#bombing#war#Piraeus#Greece#UK#RAF#America#rip#neveragain#remember#peace#writing#art#paulgoul
Part VI: First Attack on Grozny (Part 3 of 3):
At 0500 on the 31st of December 1995, the Russians began to bombard Grozny in preparation for attack. As a result the Oil Institute in central Grozny along with surrounding oil tanks were alight and spreading a thick black smoke throughout the city. The bombing ceased once Russian soldiers entered Grozny with little little or no resistance.
The 131st Maikorp Motor Rifle Brigade made it to the airport with ease, as a result, 1st Battalion advanced further to occupy the train station. Once arrived, parked and standing around the front of the station, they were set upon by RPG's and small arms fire from established Chechen positons in builings surrounding the station. Suffering heavy losses and unable to be relieved due to relief columns also now being ambushed, 1st Battalion was virtually wiped out.
In other areas, Russian tanks (coined "moving coffins" by a Chechen Commander) and APCs were picked off in the narrow streets by Chechen RPGs. The Chechen tactic was to take out the lead vehicle of the column and pick off the scattering Russian soldiers dismounting the following vehicles before they found cover. The remaining drivers would mostly panic and try to escape usually by driving through building walls and hide in yards (where Chechens would wait until night cover to capture them). Some crew members would even abandon their vehicle all together and barricade themselves in a room or building.
The Russian's inclination to stop in the middle of a street everytime they were under fire was costing them dearly, and many vehicles became lost with some engaging in friendly fire. Such was the the naivety of the young and inexperienced Russian conscripts that one group of Chechen fighters recalled when a Russian soldier stuck his head out of the hatch of his tank to ask them if they knew where he could by cigarettes - he was immediately shot in the head.
On January 3rd, the Russians were practically pushed out of the city. They were beaten by using outdated and inappropriate tactics against a grossly underestimated enemy. However, the Russian bombardments continued.
You could mistake this picture as a colourisation of Stalingrad, Berlin or Dresden. But it isn’t. Here you see a family walking through the streets of Grozny in 1996 looking at their city which has been completely destroyed after Russian bombardment.
"Grad missiles, rockets and bombs, destroying houses, trees, roads, and city blocks of apartment buildings. Tank gunners on the hills to the north fired rounds every three minutes for days on end. Incoming shells smashed onto the city every few seconds for hour after hour. Observers counted 4,000 detonations in a single hour. It was the heaviest artillery bombardment that anyone had seen since the Second World War." -Carlotta Gall and Thomas de Waal, 'Chechnya, A Small Victorious War'
rebrn.com (photographer: Laurent Van der Stockt)
During the #war of 1812 a #storm#flag (17 by 25 feet (5.2 m × 7.6 m)) was flown over Fort McHenry during the #bombardment . It was replaced early on the #morning of September 14, 1814 with a larger #garrison flag (30 by 42 feet (9.1 m × 12.8 m)). The larger flag signaled #american#victory over the #british in the #battle of Baltimore. The sight of the ensign inspired Francis Scott Key to write the #poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" that was later set to the tune "To Anacreon in Heaven" and become known as the "Star Spangled Banner", the #national#anthem of the United States.