Photo Credit: Christ Church Aden
By Gerald Butt for Church Times
Christ Church, Aden, and the associated Ras Morbat Clinic are locked and under armed guard as the civil war in Yemen continues, the Anglican Archdeacon in the Gulf, the Ven Bill Schwartz, reports.
Heavy street-to-street fighting in Aden, between forces loyal and hostile to President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, has paralysed life in the city. The UN estimates that more than 600 people throughout the country have been killed, and about 2000 wounded since the fighting intensified in April.
The Anglican Chaplain in Aden returned to his home in India in February as the fighting intensified. Although the clinic in the church compound, which offers general medical services and specialist eye treatment, remained open, some three weeks later a decision was taken to close it.
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