ABU DHABI, 27th April, 2015 (WAM) -- In line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has given orders to commit AED100 million to support the Yemeni Government's Higher Committee for Relief which was announced today under the chairmanship of Yemeni Vice President and Prime Minister Khalid Bahah, to handle all relief efforts and alleviate the suffering of the brotherly people of Yemen.
Support will help those most affected by the conflict, by providing medical supplies, water, food and emergency shelter.
The UK Government will allocate £4 million to help meet emergency needs as a result of the current crisis in Yemen. This forms part of the UK’s commitment to provide £72 million to Yemen in 2015-16, including £11 million for humanitarian assistance.
This announcement brings the UK’s overall commitment to the UN 2015 Humanitarian Appeal for Yemen to £15 million.
United Nations, United States | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 19:42 GMT
The former UN envoy to Yemen told the Security Council on Monday that an arms embargo targeting Shiite Huthi rebels risks impeding deliveries of desperately-needed humanitarian aid.
Moroccan diplomat Jamal Benomar delivered his final report to the 15-member council during a closed-door session held as Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded the insurgents in southern Yemen.
· Humanitarian operations in Yemen will come to a halt within two weeks, and hospitals in Sana’a and Aden will close down, unless additional fuel is imported. Fuel shortages have also affected water supply in many places.
· Markets in the 19 conflict-affected governorates are incapable of providing all necessary food supplies, according to WFP. Where available, retail prices of wheat grain and wheat flour rose by 42 percent and 44 percent, respectively, in April compared with February.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his Special Envoy for Yemen. In this role, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will work closely with the members of the United Nations Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Governments in the region and other partners, as well as the United Nations Country Team for Yemen.
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Humanitarian partners only have fuel left for two more weeks of life-saving operations. Hospitals too will shut down in one week unless additional fuel becomes available. Fuel shortages in country and restrictions on imports mean that additional fuel is difficult to come by and can cost as much as US$10 per litre.
One month into the crisis, Oxfam warns that power stations in Yemen are almost out of fuel, phone networks are suffering extensive damage, and the banking system is at a standstill. The escalation in violence has also damaged the water infrastructure leaving millions of Yemenis without clean water. The crisis has so far claimed more than 1100 lives – mostly civilians.
Sana’a, 27 April 2015 – At least 11 people have been killed and 67 injured since 21 April during constant airstrikes and shelling in Haradh district, northwestern Yemen.
The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is supporting Haradh public hospital, where medical staff treated 67 wounded.
Mohammad Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araghi, Under Secretary General for International Affairs and IHL of the Iranian Red Crescent announced that the fourth humanitarian relief aid of the Iranian Red Crescent in cooperation with the Omani authorities reached Sana’a through maritime border to be distributed amongst the needy people.
Escalating conflict has spread to 19 out of 22 governorates, significantly exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Over the past month, conflict has resulted in at least 1,080 killed and more than 4,350 injured. Critical civilian infrastructure has been destroyed as a result of the fighting and an estimated 150,000 people have fled their homes in the past month alone. Widespread insecurity is constraining humanitarian access and hampering humanitarian response efforts.
Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 17:52 GMT
by Jamal al-Jabiri with Fawaz al-Haidari in Taez
A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes.
The Shiite Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee abroad, have demanded an end to the air war as a condition for UN-sponsored talks.
25 April 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his Special Envoy for Yemen after Jamal Benomar of the United Kingdom stepped down from the role.
In a statement released today, Mr. Ban's Spokesperson said that Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will work closely with the members of the UN Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Governments in the region and other partners, as well as the UN Country Team for Yemen.
With the launch of the OCHA Global Guidelines for Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) in February 2015, the Yemen Emergency Response Fund (ERF) became the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund. Global Guidelines establish minimum standards for the management of pooled funds with an emphasis on accountability and control mechanisms. The Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund (YHPF) aims to promote a strategic and coordinated response towards the highest humanitarian priorities of the Humanitarian Response Plan or due to acute emergency needs.
The Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund (YHPF) aims to promote a strategic and coordinated response towards the highest humanitarian priorities of the Humanitarian Response Plan or due to acute emergency needs. With the launch of the OCHA Global Guidelines for Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) in February 2015, the Yemen Emergency Response Fund (ERF) became the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund. The Guidelines establish minimum standards for the management of pooled funds with an emphasis on accountability and control mechanisms.
Fighting in Yemen is continuing despite Saudi Arabia’s recent announcement of an end to military operations, a group of leading aid agencies has warned. The ongoing conflict is preventing humanitarian organisations from delivering life-saving assistance, the agencies say.
While welcoming the announcement by Saudi Arabia of an end to ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ the INGO Forum Steering Committee in Yemen, representing 47 major aid agencies, is calling for all parties to the conflict to end the violence and seek a negotiated peace.
Taez, Yemen | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 19:22 GMT
by Fawaz al-Haidari with Jamal al-Jabiri from Sanaa
Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks.
The Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced Hadi to flee overseas, have demanded a complete end to a month of Saudi-led air strikes against them as a condition for UN-sponsored talks.
24 April 2015 – The United Nations human rights office said today that civilians are continuing to die in Yemen, with the total number killed between 26 March and 22 April now estimated at 551, including 31 women and at least 115 children.
“These are just the civilian casualties,” said Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The total number of people killed is considerably higher. Another 1,185 civilians have been injured, including 35 women and 67 children.”
· The conflict in Yemen continues to take a toll on children and families. At least 115 children have been killed between 26 March and 20 April, 2015. These numbers are believed to be conservative, as the total number of children is likely to be higher.
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Conflict and insecurity continue to hinder the delivery of urgently needed assistance to displaced families and other vulnerable, conflict-affected communities. All parties to conflict have obligations to facilitate the safe passage of aid and unimpeded access for humanitarians to people in need.
Approximately 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. There is a constant danger of running out of food, water, and fuel.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen gets worse every day. There is a shortage of medicine, clean water, and fuel. There are fears food may also run out. Yemen is an impoverished country where approximately 16 million people were in need of help even before the conflict began. The fighting makes the situation of those already in a weak position even worse.