A humanitarian pause in Yemen allows children to be reached with the protection they desperately need against polio
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on a Yemeni Red Crescent Society (YRCS) ambulance in the city of Taiz on Thursday 23 July, which killed two people.
The ambulance, which was clearly marked with the YRCS emblem, was transporting an injured patient with a companion and two YRCS volunteers across a front line when it came under fire. The bullets penetrated the ambulance, resulting in the immediate death of the patient and his companion.
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The conflict in Yemen had brought “appalling damage” on an already suffering people, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today, emphasizing the need to secure a pause in fighting that all parties would honour.
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.
28 July 2015 – The death toll in war-torn Yemen is almost 4,000 since the conflict had escalated mid-March, today said a representative for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
Geneva / Sana’a - 27 July 2015 - The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement condemns in the strongest possible terms the shooting at a Yemeni Red Crescent Society (YRCS) ambulance in the city of Taiz on Thursday the 23rd of July, killing two people.
The ambulance, which was clearly marked with the YRCS emblem, was transporting an injured patient with a companion and two YRCS volunteers across a front line when it came under fire. The bullets fired penetrated the body of the ambulance, resulting in the immediate death of the patient and his companion.
Aden, Yemen | AFP | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 01:42 GMT
by Fawaz al-Haidari
A humanitarian truce in Yemen has failed to take hold after Saudi-led warplanes Tuesday resumed raids on rebels who clashed with loyalists, military sources said.
Iran, which backs the Shiite Huthi rebels, accused its Sunni regional rival Riyadh of "playing with fire and with the ceasefire".
An international rights group, meanwhile, urged the United Nations to investigate air strikes last week that killed scores of civilians, calling them an "apparent war crime".
Sahar district has been one of the most affected areas of the conflict in Saada governorate. The district has many local markets and bazaars, and is particularly well known for hosting the largest market in the governorate, the Al Talh market. Sahar has been called the food basket of Yemen. It produces more fruit and vegetables than qat.
The Saudi relief ship ‘Path of the Goodness’ arrived in the Yemeni port of Aden carrying 3,540 tons (7.8 million lbs.) of food and medical supplies. The aid ship arrived under the supervision of The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center and in coordination with the evacuation and humanitarian operations section at the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense.
Need UN Inquiry Into Unlawful Attacks by Warring Parties
(Sanaa, July 28, 2015) – Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed at least 65 civilians, including 10 children, and wounded dozens in the Yemeni port city of Mokha on July 24, 2015, are an apparent war crime, Human Rights Watch said today. Starting between 9:30 and 10 p.m., coalition airplanes repeatedly struck two residential compounds of the Mokha Steam Power Plant, which housed plant workers and their family members.
Since the start of the conflict, nearly 25,000 additional people are going hungry each day in Yemen as the blockade and fighting restrict food, fuel and other vital supplies, Oxfam warned today.
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.
By Almigdad Mojalli
SANA'A, 27 July 2015 (IRIN) - Surveying the skyline of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, you see destruction everywhere. A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has been bombing Yemen for four months and the damage is obvious – from blown-out windows to mounds of rubble where buildings once stood. But if you look a little closer you might notice something else new – small rectangles dotted across the city’s roofs.
As the war has intensified and fuel shortages have increased, a growing number of Yemenis are turning to solar power to see them through.
Aden, Yemen | AFP | Monday 7/27/2015 - 15:50 GMT
by Fawaz al-Haidari
Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen hit positions of pro-government forces by mistake on Monday despite a humanitarian truce, killing a dozen people, military sources said.
Clashes also broke out on the ground in several areas of the impoverished country in spite of UN calls for all sides to respect a ceasefire to allow desperately needed aid deliveries.
The Republic of Yemen is located on the southwestern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the second largest country on the peninsula, occupying 527,970km2 . Yemen borders the Arabian Sea, and is located between Oman and Saudi Arabia. Yemen has a varied geography, with coastal plains and highland areas in the west, highlands and desert areas in the east, and a central plateau at over 2,000m elevation. With renewable water resources of only 125m3 /capita/year, Yemen is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 27 July 2015 - As the United Nations intensifies its humanitarian efforts to respond to the ongoing crisis in Yemen, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is working with partners to ensure safe birth for pregnant women and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Monday 7/27/2015 - 10:41 GMT 563 words
The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen suspended its air war Monday to allow desperately needed aid deliveries, although clashes broke out in several areas despite UN calls for a truce.
The Huthi Shiite rebels, who control swathes of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, said they had not been consulted about the unilateral coalition ceasefire that began at midnight (Sunday 2100 GMT).
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.
(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.
26 July 2015 – Welcoming the announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition of a unilateral five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all parties to the conflict to suspend military operations and facilitate safe, unhindered access of relief workers to desperate populations throughout the crisis-riven country.