Manama, May 27 (BNA): Bahrain will dispatch urgent humanitarian relief aid to Yemeni people as part of efforts to alleviate their hardships and meet their basic needs, particularly goods, foodstuffs and medication.
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa today directed the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) to extend the urgent lifeline, in a move stemming from fraternal bonds with the Yemeni people.
During the five-day humanitarian pause, aid organizations operated in 20 of the 21 governorates, disbursing aid intended for over 1.7 million people out of an estimated 16 million people in need of aid. The majority of the material delivered was fuel. Despite the declared ceasefire, humanitarian organizations fell far short of their entire planned response due to continued fighting, fuel shortages, and logistical delays. Disbursed aid reached the most people targeted in Dhamar, Sa’dah, and Sanaa Governorates.
Humanitarian Pause Operations
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) is proceeding with its constant efforts to support the health sector in Yemen, through a project to distribute cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection machines to needy patients there, with QR 125,000 funding from the General Directorate of Endowments (AWQAF), the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.
WHO statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
27 May 2015
The conflict in Yemen is entering its 10th week and the numbers of dead and injured continue to grow. As always in conflict, it is innocent civilians that pay the highest price. Almost 2000 people have been killed and 8000 injured so far, including hundreds of women and children.
SUMMARY OF MARKETS FOR MAY 2015 (WEEK 3)
Generally food items are reportedly becoming a little more available than was reported last week. However, it was noted that at a number of locations food was being accessed via informal traders (black market).
Fuel price increase has been moderated, though the prices remain much higher than the pre-crisis period, up to nine-fold for diesel. Diesel prices will have an important impact on food distribution networks and milling. Furthermore what fuel is available is not sufficient for these industrial needs.
A second aid shipment carrying food and medical aid sent by the UAE Red Crescent arrived in Aden on Sunday. Yemeni officials said that the shipment weighed 460 tonnes and was delivered by sea through the port in Aden.
The UAE Red Crescent are currently distributing around 225 tonnes of food to those in need. The local designated aid coordinator said that the UAE Red Crescent had also delivered a shipment containing 1,200 tonnes of medicine and medical supplies to Aden last week.
26 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested that his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.
Ongoing airstrikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional 3 million Yemenis are now without drinking water - raising the total number of Yemenis without a clean water supply and sanitation to at least 16 million - almost two-thirds of the population, Oxfam warned today.
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.
As of 25 May, the Logistics Cluster received requests for sea transport from six organizations and requests for air transport from three organizations from Djibouti to Yemen. Most cargo is due to arrive in the bonded warehouse in Djibouti, so that subsequently transport to Yemen can be scheduled.
On 18 May, International Medical Corps (IMC) cargo was airlifted from Djibouti to Sana’a via UNHAS, with another three flights scheduled for WHO.
· Since the scale-up of WFP’s operations on 15 April in response to the escalating crisis, WFP has reached over 1.5 million people with over 19,000 mt of food.
· From 12 to 17 May, a five-day humanitarian pause took effect in Yemen, providing a critical opportunity for WFP to replenish stocks of food and fuel in hotspot areas and conduct emergency food distributions to assist conflict-affected populations.
Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 11:35 GMT | 655 words
by Jamal al-Jabiri with Fawaz al-Haidari in Aden
Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen on Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.
Clashes raged in the country's third city Taez, sowing panic after Shiite Huthi rebels bombarded several districts with rocket and tank fire.
ABU DHABI, 22nd May, 2015 (WAM)--The Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has distributed 1, 225 tonnes of food stuff to those affected by the unfolding events in Yemen.
Earlier, the ship laden with the humanitarian aid, ordered by the ERC arrived in Aden to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni brothers. Also other ships carrying 4, 000 tonnes of petroleum derivatives arrived in Aden to help operate the Yemeni hospitals, whose medical services deteriorated due to the lack of fuel, leading to the sharp decline of health conditions across Yemen.
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.
New York, 24 May 2015 – “The toll seems to grow higher by the day. Reports that two more children have been killed and six more children injured in the escalating conflict in Yemen underscore the urgent need for action to protect children -- and to bring an end to the hostilities that are devastating their lives and futures.
“Since the conflict escalated in March, as many as 135 children have been killed and 260 injured. Almost one-third of the deaths have been in the coastal city of A’den, where violence has again accelerated over the past few days.
Aden, Yemen | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 22:28 GMT
by Fawaz al-Haidari with Jamal al-Jabri in Sanaa
A United Nations conference designed to help forge peace in war-ravaged Yemen has been postponed, a UN official said Sunday, just four days before it was due to begin.
There had been growing uncertainty over which of the warring Yemeni parties would attend the talks, slated to begin on Thursday in Geneva, and the postponement is a further blow to UN efforts to broker peace in a country where nearly 2,000 people have been killed since March.
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.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 16:35 GMT
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Saturday laid out his exiled government's demands to attend UN-brokered peace talks, including the withdrawal of Shiite rebels from territory they have seized.
Hadi fled to the Saudi capital Riyadh along with his government in late March when the Shiite Huthi rebels advanced on his southern stronghold of Aden.
Several ships waiting clearance to deliver goods
Aid groups say hunger growing
By Jonathan Saul
LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - A trickle of aid, medicine and commercial food cargoes is reaching Yemen yet the process remains slow as more ships await clearance to discharge at ports and logistical chains buckle due to fuel shortages and war.