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UN envoy in Yemen calls for constructive cooperation, peaceful solution to crisis

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UN News Service

22 August 2014 – Amid escalating tensions and ongoing political instability in Yemen, the United Nations envoy to the country today urged all the parties to move the political process forward by addressing the roots of the current turmoil through comprehensive dialogue.

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Yemen armed forces on alert as rebel deadline nears

08/21/2014 19:29 GMT -

SANAA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Yemen's armed forces Thursday to "raise their level of vigilance" on the eve of the expiry of a rebel deadline for the government to quit.

However, Hadi also sent a delegation to Shiite Zaidi rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi in his Saada stronghold north of Sanaa to invite his group to talk and urge them to join a national unity government.

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More than 14 mln Yemenis need urgent aid -- EC

SANAA, Aug 20 (KUNA) -- The European Commission sounded the alarm on Wednesday that up to 14.5 million Yemenis are in need for urgent humanitarian aid.

The EC, in a statement, circulated here, said it had earmarked euro 33 million worth of aid for the Yemeni Government to secure food for those in need.

Securing food is a major challenge facing some 10.5 million Yemenis and number of children suffering from acute malnourishment jumped to 1.6 million this year, it warned.

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Thousands of armed rebels flood Yemen capital

08/20/2014 15:05 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, August 20, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday as they pressed their campaign to force the government to resign, AFP correspondents witnessed.

The rebels have been fighting an off-conflict with government troops in the northern mountains for the past decade but analysts warned their bid for a greater share of power in a promised new federal Yemen was creating a potentially explosive situation.

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Yemen Situation Report 01-15 August 2014

WFP’s new Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation started in July, supporting a gradual shift from relief to recovery for six million people over two years. In August, WFP plans to reach 2.5 million people.

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Armed Yemeni rebels in Sanaa sit-ins ahead of Friday deadline

08/19/2014 14:28 GMT

SANAA, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of armed Shiite rebels staged sit-ins on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, where supporters are mobilising in a campaign for the fall of the government by Friday.

Activists in the Ansarullah, or Huthi, rebellion put up dozens of tents at the western edge of Sanaa.

Guarded by hordes of armed men, other rebels were busy erecting similar camps in the north and south of the city, AFP journalists reported.

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Dreams of Eritrean refugees turn to ashes in Yemen

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Yemen Times

Madiha Al-Junaid

Dozens of Eritrean refugees are scattered across the Al-Safeyah area of Sana’a, a densely populated neighborhood estimated to have the largest number of African refugees in the city. Women sit in groups on threadbare carpets, blankets, or mats in streets corners. They are surrounded by playing children, running, shouting, smiling, and laughing; easily distracting observers from the tragic experiences they went through on their way to and through Yemen.

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Yemen: Humanitarian Dashboard (as of July 2014)

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Tens of thousands in Yemen Shiite protest

08/18/2014 17:48 GMT

SANAA, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people joined an anti-government rally in Sanaa on Monday in response to a call by Shiite rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi, an AFP journalist reported.

The protesters assembled in Change Square before parading in the centre of the capital, where supporters of the rebels, who are known as Huthis or Ansarullah, had converged during the morning after travelling from outside the city.

A tight security cordon was in place around Sanaa, with increased security along the main roads.

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Yemenis continue paying heavy price for widespread arms possession

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Yemen Times

Published on 12 August 2014 in Report
Ali Saeed (author)

The entire population of Yemen suffers from weapons possession. Every day, a significant number of people are reported to be killed and injured by guns whether in direct fighting or by accident, with guns going off unintentionally.

The Ministry of Interior reported on August 4 that two persons were killed and another one injured while they were “playing with guns” in separate incidents taking place in Sa'ada, Amran, and Hajja, on August 3 alone.

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Renewed clashes in Al-Jawf result in casualties

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Yemen Times

Published on 14 August 2014 in News
Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)

SANA’A, Aug. 13—Clashes between Houthis and armed tribesmen renewed in Al-Ghail district of Al-Jawf governorate on Tuesday causing dozens to flee into peaceful areas of Al-Jawf or neighboring Marib governorate.

While in Al-Safra area in the west of Al-Jawf the presidential committee continues to implement a ceasefire agreement, which was signed on August 9 by both conflicting parties, it could not yet advance to Al-Ghail.

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OCHA Yemen Flash Update 1: Clashes in Al Jawf Governorate (14 Aug 2014)

Affected people reportedly need food, water, healthcare, non-food items as well as shelter for those who have not found accommodation. Humanitarian presence is extremely limited in Al Jawf due to persistent insecurity.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Presidential committee begins implementing ceasefire agreement in Al-Jawf

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Yemen Times

Published on 12 August 2014 in News
Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

SANA’A, Aug. 11—The presidential committee assigned by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to resolve the conflict in Al-Jawf between the Houthis and local Sunni tribesmen began on Saturday to implement the ceasefire agreement in Al-Safra area, in the west of Al-Jawf governorate.

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Humanitarians at risk: interview with the head of our Yemen office

This post is part of our 'Humanitarians at risk' series, dedicated to World Humanitarian Day which will take place on 19 of August. The series features testimonies of humanitarians around the world who risk their lives daily, while saving those of others. World Humanitarian Day is our opportunity to recognise the personal sacrifice made by humanitarian professionals and pay tribute to those who were injured or killed while doing their job.

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Yemen: Emergency Response Fund - July 2014

In July 2014, the Yemen ERF launched a ‘call for proposals’ to provide strategic funding to the highest-priority, underfunded projects in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. Eleven projects with a combined budget of US$3.5 million have been identified under the call for proposals. The funds will be disbursed in August. In July the ERF funded one emergency response project in Al Dhale’e, to build community-based protection networks and conduct awareness campaigns on child protection and gender-based violence for 550 displaced families and 14,000 families from host communities.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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13 killed in 'Qaeda bomb' accident: Yemen official

08/13/2014 10:25 GMT

ADEN, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - Ten civilians and three army technicians were killed on Wednesday when a bomb planted near a prison by presumed Al-Qaeda militants exploded in south Yemen, a security official said.

The device placed in the Tibn area of Lahij province went off when the soldiers were trying to defuse it, but the area had not been sealed off to keep civilians away, the official added.

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Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot (July 2014)

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Food insecurity remains a major source of vulnerability - a result of poverty, insecurity and dwindling natural resources. According to preliminary results of the 2014 Comprehensive Food Security Survey, the food situation in some areas - like Sana'a, Marib and Raymah - has improved considerably, while in other areas - such as Shabwah - it has severely deteriorated. The net result is that food insecurity has barely improved: 41 per cent of Yemenis today are food insecure, versus 45 per cent in 2011.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 29 | 10 July – 10 August 2014

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Humanitarian operations are being ramped up and needs assessments are ongoing to help focus aid programmes towards future assistance for returnees and other conflict-affected people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNICEF Yemen Situation Report July 2014

Key focus: New born health

Highlights:

  • The situation in Amran remains stable with reports of hundreds of displaced families returning home

  • New SMART survey results reveal significant improvements in malnutrition rates in Lahj

Situation Overview

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National polio immunization campaign launched in Yemen

Sana’a, 11 August 2014— The Ministry of Public Health and Population, in cooperation with WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank on Monday launched a second round of the national immunization campaign against polio.