- OCHA: Escalating Conflict Flash Update 37 | 25 May 2015
- WFP Yemen Situation Report #7, 22 May 2015
- UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report, 13-19 May 2015
Appeals & Funding
- IOM Regional Appeal Yemen Crisis - Revised requirements, Apr-Sep 2015
- Flash Appeal for Yemen (1 Apr - 30 Jun 2015)
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015 (Dec 2014)
All parties to the conflict in Yemen must comply with International Humanitarian Law obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of relief supplies and personnel to people in need.
Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region
Nairobi, 22 May 2015
Violence has resumed in many areas of Yemen after the five-day humanitarian pause that concluded on 17 May. Delivery of assistance has stopped in some areas due to increased insecurity and limited humanitarian access.
Reports from health facilities indicate that at least 1,849 people were killed and 7,394 injured between 19 March and 15 May, the latest date for which figures are available. The total fatality figures are likely to be much higher.
Daily Key Messages
Partners must be able to scale up response activities in order to meet the increasing humanitarian needs of conflict affected people in Yemen, including over 545,700 internally displaced people.
Daily Key messages
The destruction of civilian infrastructure during ongoing conflict must stop. All parties to the conflict have an obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.
The five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen ended on 17 May at 23.00. Airstrikes were reported in Aden shortly after the pause ended; unconfirmed reports also indicate several strikes in Hajjah and Sa’ada. Armed conflict was reported in Aden and Al Dhale’e.
The humanitarian pause has greatly facilitated access to areas which had otherwise been extremely difficult to reach. Conflict-affected people have had an opportunity to move out of insecure areas, seek medical care and receive assistance. People previously trapped by fighting and airstrikes in Sa’ada, Aden, Lahj, Abyan and Al Dhale’e have reportedly moved from districts where access was previously blocked.
The humanitarian pause in Yemen is now in its third day. The pause is broadly holding and security has generally improved in many parts of the country compared to pre-pause conditions, particularly in the north, west and central regions.
By Natasha Scripture, OCHA Communications Officer
The humanitarian pause in Yemen largely continued to hold for its second day, allowing aid agencies to pre-position supplies and deliver assistance in many locations. However, clashes continued to be reported in some locations – mainly in the south, challenging aid delivery efforts.
I. Key Messages
A five-day humanitarian pause came into effect in Yemen on 12 May at 23.00 (Sana’a time). The pause largely held all day, with a few exceptions – mainly armed clashes in the south that continued past the 23.00 deadline. No airstrikes were reported.
Conditions in Aden continued to deteriorate, with seven out of eight districts experiencing heavy clashes and random shelling daily. There is a complete breakdown in basic services in addition to a lack of food and water. On 6 May, a boat in Aden travelling from Al Tawahi to Al Buraiqeh was fired upon, killing scores of people, many of whom were civilians fleeing conflict areas.
(New York, 12 May 2015): I welcome the beginning of the humanitarian pause in Yemen which should enable humanitarian agencies and their partners to step up the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to people in desperate need.
I call on all parties to the conflict to respect this vital pause in hostilities. This pause will provide a respite for civilians and allow the delivery of food, medical supplies and other essential items to people who have been trapped in conflict zones.
Daily Key messages
The 12 to 17 May humanitarian pause scheduled to begin this evening represents a crucial opportunity to scale up delivery of life-saving assistance in Yemen. All parties must do all they can to facilitate delivery of assistance in this period.
Daily Key messages
The delivery of fuel could enable humanitarian partners to scale up emergency response during the upcoming humanitarian pause in the conflict in Yemen.
Conflict parties must do more to protect civillians from suffering caused by the conflict and ensure critical life-saving assistance can reach those in need.
(New York, 11 May 2015) I note the announcement of a humanitarian pause in Yemen by the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the US Secretary of State on behalf of the coalition, to start tomorrow. I hope that reports of agreement to the humanitarian pause by the Houthis are accurate. Given the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground in Yemen with hundreds of thousands of vulnerable civilians trapped in the middle of fighting and unable to access lifesaving aid it is essential that this pause materialise.