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28 Jul 2015 description

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Mr. President,
When I last reported on the situation in Yemen in a closed session of the Security Council on my second day in post on 2nd June, I described Yemen as a looming humanitarian catastrophe. By every test, that catastrophe has now loomed, and loomed large.

This is an intense disappointment given the extent of our efforts here at the UN and with partners to find ways of alleviating the suffering and the descent into catastrophe.

27 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Airstrikes hit a residential complex of Al Mukha Power Station in Al Mukha District, Taizz Governorate on 24 July. By noon on 26 July, health facilities had reported 55 deaths and 91 injuries (Source: World Health Organization).

  • Media reports suggest that the death toll could be as high as 120. The number is likely to increase as more bodies are recovered from the rubble, where an unknown number of people were trapped 36 hours after the attacks.

27 Jul 2015 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition of a unilateral five-day, renewable humanitarian pause set to commence on Sunday, 26 July, at 23:59 (GMT+3). He urges the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and all other parties will agree to and maintain the humanitarian pause for the sake of all the Yemeni people, and that all act in good faith throughout the pause.

27 Jul 2015 description
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(Aden, 27 July 2015) The humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Yemen are catastrophic. I witnessed this yesterday in Aden, where the intensification of violence and conflict over the past four months have devastated the city and destroyed the lives and livelihoods of the majority of its people. As has become all too familiar in contexts of war, civilians are paying the heaviest price. I heard numerous accounts of death, hunger and utter desperation as mothers and fathers struggle to find safety, security and care for their loved ones.

20 Jul 2015 description

OVERVIEW

Priority Needs

• Acute food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition: 3 million people are in need of life-saving assistance and livelihood support, of which 731,000 are unable to meet their basic food requirements. 203,000 children are acutely malnourished, with around 38,000 of these children at risk of death without health and nutrition support.

20 Jul 2015 description

Using the summary report

This report should inform the AHCT post-assessment discussion. The information summarized here – as well as discussions with assessment team leaders – will help AHCT members to review the points outlined in the post-assessment guide. Main topics to consier when reviewing the report:

  • Review affected people’s priorities and locations

  • Estimate overall caseloads in consultation with assessment team leaders (i.e., for each priority need identified, about how many people should partners plan to assist?)

16 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nutrition assessment reveals acute malnutrition among the displaced are above the emergency threshold.

  • Short-term deterioration in food security expected in agriculture dependent areas.

  • Urgent boost in funding is required to sustain crucial humanitarian response.

FIGURES

No. of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 731,000

No. of people in food security stress 2.3m

15 Jul 2015 description

Key Messages

Intense fighting has taken place in Aden since 14 July with scores of people killed and injured. For nearly four months, movement within the city has been heavily restricted for residents and humanitarian agencies alike. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced within Aden and to neighbouring governorates.

15 Jul 2015 description
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SITUATION REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fighting has intensified throughout Yemen, with more than 1,100 casualties reported since last week.

  • The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Yemen has grown to almost 1.3 million, an increase of 25 per cent since figures were last verified in May.

  • Of the 5,148 schools in Yemen, 70 per cent were closed before the end of the school year due to insecurity, affecting the education and well-being of 1.84 million children.

15 Jul 2015 description

I am even more deeply concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen. Millions of women, children and men are facing terrifying violence, extreme hunger and little medical assistance as the fighting, shelling and bombing by all parties show no sign of abating.

It is extremely disappointing that the humanitarian pause did not take hold over the weekend. I call again on all parties to the conflict to agree an immediate and unconditional humanitarian pause across the country.

15 Jul 2015 description

(Sana’a, 15 July 2015) Yemenis continue to suffer immensely as violence escalates unabated. This week has seen some of the deadliest days recorded since the conflict escalated in March. Mosques, schools and markets have been hit in attacks with deadly consequences for civilians. Close to 1.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes in the desperate search for safety and security. More than 3,500 have been killed and 16,000 injured.

10 Jul 2015 description

Yemen depends heavily on imported fuel for all domestic needs. Since the escalation of the conflict in late March all domestic oil refining has been halted. The absence of domestic refining combined with the severe drop in imports has led to an acute fuel shortage. Lack of fuel is a major constraint on commercial activity and humanitarian action.

08 Jul 2015 description
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(New York, 07 July 2015) I continue to be extremely worried by the humanitarian situation unfolding across Yemen. Over 3,260 people have been killed and nearly 1.3 million have been displaced since March. Millions are facing the threat of famine because food assistance is not reaching them, and countless wounded are dying because hospitals are closing down due to lack of fuel.

The United Nations and partners have stressed many times in the last few months that civilians must be protected, that humanitarian aid must be allowed through and that the fighting must stop.