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Yemen Situation Report 01-15 October 2014

Highlights

  • In October, WFP is targeting 1,475,000 beneficiaries: 44,500 under Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200305 and 1,430,500 under PRRO 200636.

Situation Update

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab region and is the 7th most food-insecure country in the world. According to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, 14.7 million people, more than half of the Yemeni population, require humanitarian assistance in 2014. These needs remain largely unchanged from 2013.

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Houthi rebels pursue offensive against news media

A month after seizing the capital, Sanaa, and despite having signed a peace accord under UN aegis, Yemen’s Houthi rebels are continuing to advance on the centre and south of the country, occupying the headquarters of news media on the way and arresting or kidnapping journalists.

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South Yemen separatists pledge to intensify protests

Aden, Yémen | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 12:58 GMT

Southern Yemeni separatists pledged Thursday to escalate protests demanding secession, as northern Shiite rebels vie to expand their control over more of the impoverished country.

The country continues to reel under the impact of the rebel expansion, after they overran the capital last month and seized a major port city unopposed, before clashing with Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda south of Sanaa.

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Clashes over Rada’a city

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Yemen Times

SANA’A, Oct. 22—Clashes between the Houthis and alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants are still ongoing in Rada’a district of Al-Baida governorate.

Houthis control most of Rada’a city, but alleged AQAP members are besieging the city to prevent Houthi reinforcements from entering, Mohammed Hussein, a tribal sheikh in Rada’a city, told the Yemen Times.

On Tuesday evening, clashes broke out between alleged AQAP members and Houthis, lasting until Wednesday and leaving an unknown number of casualties from both sides, Hussein said.

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Islamic Relief assists IDPs in Al-Jawf

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Yemen Times

Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 21—The Islamic Relief Organization launched a relief program on Tuesday serving internally displaced persons (IDPs) in five districts of Al-Jawf governorate.

Hadi Al-Aka, the Islamic Relief’s coordinator in Al-Jawf, told the state-run Saba News Agency that the Islamic Relief program, funded by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has provided non-food items (NFIs) and water filters to a total of 1,000 displaced families in Al-Mutoon, Al-Hazm, Al-Khalaq, Al-Ghail and Al-Masloob districts.

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AQAP, Houthis clash in Ibb

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Yemen Times

Ali Saeed (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 21—The Houthis’ expansion in Ibb governorate is being challenged by alleged members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), supported by local armed tribesmen, who engaged in clashes throughout the last week in different areas of Ibb, two local journalists told the Yemen Times.

As of Wednesday evening, AQAP militants were still in control of Al-Odain district and warned residents from dealing with the Houthis, Rashad Mufrih, general secretary of Al-Odain district, told the Yemen Times.

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Protecting the emblems that protect lives

Amid the violence that has engulfed Yemen during the past six months, the ICRC has managed to respond to the growing needs of the victims. However, more must be done to ensure that medical personnel and facilities are spared the effects of the fighting.

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Yemen: Emergency Response Fund - September 2014

The ERF allocated US$7,077,766 to 20 new projects during August and September 2014. Ten of the projects were towards high priority under-funded priorities of the 2014 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). The other ten funded projects responded to urgent lifesaving needs due to conflict in Amran and Al Jawf Governorates, representing 54% of the ERF funds allocation made during the period.

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Dozens killed in fresh Yemen clashes

Sanaa, Yémen | AFP | Monday 10/20/2014 - 18:19 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

At least 60 people were killed in Yemen as clashes raged between Shiite rebels and Al-Qaeda militants backed by Sunni tribesmen battling for territory in the strife-hit country, sources said Monday.

The rebels, known as Huthis, have been facing fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda fighters and tribesmen as they seek to expand their areas of control after seizing the capital Sanaa and the Red Sea port city of Hudeida.

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Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Marginalized Communities

TAIZ, 15 October, 2013 - In an unprecedented move, UNICEF Yemen along with government partners today launched a package of social protection interventions targeting the Muhamasheen communities in Taiz. The muhamasheen represent the dark skinned Yemenis who are locally referred to as ‘Akdam’. The launch event included a presentation of the results of the first ever household survey on Muhamasheen communities reaching some 10,000 households in nine districts in the Taiz Governorate. This served as a critical baseline for social inclusion of these marginalized communities.

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UNICEF Renews Calls for the Release of staff member James Massaquoi

SANA’A, 15th October 2014 - More than one year ago, Engineer James Conrad Massaquoi, an international staff member, was kidnapped in Sana’a on Sunday 6th October 2013, by unknown armed men. James, who works for UNICEF as a Water and Sanitation Specialist, has not been seen or heard from ever since. James is an ordinary person like most of us who worked hard in his life and came all the way to use his knowledge and expertise to help children of Yemen

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Yemen's Houthis dismantle Sanaa airport road camp, gunmen remain

Source: Reuters - Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:19 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Yemen's Shi'ite Houthi group dismantled a protest camp blocking the country's main airport in Sanaa on Sunday, authorities said, but was keeping its fighters on the streets of the recently seized capital.

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Shiite-Sunni clashes leave 20 dead in Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Friday 10/17/2014 - 16:56 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

Shiite rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with Sunni tribesmen and Al-Qaeda militants on Friday in violence that left 20 people dead, officials said.

Twelve Shiite rebels and eight tribesmen died in a battle for control of the predominantly-Sunni provincial capital Ibb which the rebels overran earlier this week, local government officials told AFP.

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Yemen + 3 others
2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

There has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths than in the last three years combined.

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Attacks during Eid leave 95 dead

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Yemen Times

Published on 14 October 2014 in News
Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 12—A number of attacks around Yemen last week left at least 95 Yemenis dead and 110 injured.

The attacks occurred in the governorates of Sana’a, Al-Baida, Hadramout, and Taiz.

A total of 37 soldiers were killed and 38 injured between Oct. 4 and 11. Fifty-eight citizens affiliated with the Houthis—ranging from armed rebels manning checkpoints to unarmed children and mere supporters of the group’s goals—were killed and 70 injured.

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Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In September, clashes in Sana’a between al-Houthi militants and government forces resulted in an estimated 270 fatalities and displaced populations.

  • The U.N. estimates that 14.7 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance.

  • USAID/FFP provides $70 million to support food assistance operations in Yemen.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Qaeda seizes Yemen town to counter advancing rebels

10/16/2014 - 12:12 GMT

by Hammoud MOUNASSAR

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants have captured a town in southwest Yemen in a deadly attack seen as a countermove to advances by Shiite rebels sweeping across the strife-hit country.

Rival groups are seeking to exploit a power vacuum in impoverished Yemen, which has been in a political deadlock since the Huthi Shiite rebels took control of the capital Sanaa last month.

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UNICEF Yemen Situation Report September 2014

Key focus: Conflict in the Capital, Sana’a

Highlights:

  • Around 75,000 children in Sana’a had their education disrupted as their schools were in or around the conflict zones. Escalation of conflicts led to the suspension of all schools in the city.
  • 27,840 children are benefiting from the distribution of 9,280 benches and tables to the 32 Global Partnership for Education (GPE) schools in Sa’ada, Sana’a, Mareb and Aden Governorates

Situation Overview