Organisation accuses fighting parties of using it as a pawn in four-year civil war

The International Committee of the Red Cross is removing 71 of its international staff from Yemen, citing a series of incidents and threats by groups trying to turn the organisation into a pawn in the three-year civil war.

The ICRC, which has had a presence in Yemen since 1962, warned the enforced departures would cripple its humanitarian activities, such as surgical services, visits to detainees, clean water initiatives and food assistance.

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