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18 Dec 2014 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 15:44 GMT

Twin car bomb attacks in Yemen's western port city of Hodeida targeting Shiite militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said.

"The two explosions were the result of two car bombs and left dozens dead and wounded," the official told AFP, without providing any precise figures.

The first bomb detonated close to the Hodeida headquarters of the Shiite militia known as Ansarullah which seized the town at the end of September, said the official.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • In December, WFP is targeting 1.86 million beneficiaries: 1,815,800 under protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200636 and 44,600 under PRRO 200305.

Situation Update

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab region and is the 8th 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.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-mon has strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Radaa in Yemen’s Al Bayda province yesterday, which killed more than 25 people, including at least 15 schoolchildren.

According to media reports, a school bus carrying the 15 school girls was hit by a car bomb as it passed a checkpoint in the Yemeni province of Al Bayda, south of the country’s capital of Sana’a.

17 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.

There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them. Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda today is a future lost forever.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Since October, Rada’a city has been engulfed in a spiral of violence between Houthis, members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and allied tribesmen. The ongoing fighting has effected a number of neighboring towns and villages, leaving thousands displaced.

In early December, the Yemen Times visited Rada’a city and its surrounding areas in an attempt to get a better grasp of the situation—including the living conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were forced to flee their homes as a result of the fighting.

16 Dec 2014 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Tuesday 12/16/2014 - 16:19 GMT

A suicide car bomb attack in central Yemen targeting a Shiite militia leader killed 25 people including 15 children on Tuesday, security and medical sources said.

The children were killed when their school bus was caught up in the attack targeting the home of a leader of the Shiite militia, known as Huthis, in the town of Rada, a local security source told AFP, blaming the attack on Al-Qaeda militants.

A medical source confirmed 25 people had died in the attack.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

The Yemeni authorities must investigate the killing of a political activist shot dead by security forces during a peaceful protest in the southern city of Aden today, Amnesty International said.

Khaled Al-Junaidi, a leading activist in Yemen’s separatist Southern Movement, was leading a strike in the district of Crater when he was ordered out of his car by five masked security officers and shot in the chest.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Guardian

International Medical Corps’ Jon Cunliffe talks about the challenges of keeping his staff safe in a ‘forgotten country’ and leaving his family at home

15 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)

Hamed Najib’s apartment, located in the Adhban neighborhood in Sana’a, has not received water from the government’s public utilities network for more than five months. Although Yemen is known to suffer from water scarcity, according to Najib this is an unusually long period of time.

15 Dec 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11693

7336th Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Transparency, synergy, and cooperation were vital to the working methods of the 2140 Committee on Yemen, the Security Council heard today during a presentation of the body’s second report.

10 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2014 – Yemen has made significant progress in advancing the political transition, but in the absence of robust economic growth and job creation many families are still struggling to make ends meet. The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an emergency grant of US$90million to reinforce the Yemeni government program designed to protect the most vulnerable segment of the population.

10 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (writer)

SANA’A, Dec. 8—Five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated in several areas in Sana’a on Monday morning, injuring a total of eight people, three of whom remained in critical condition as of Monday night.

The attacks were confirmed the same day in a statement made by security director of the Capital Secretariat, Brigadier Colonel Abdul Raza Al-Muwaid, on the Ministry of Defense’s website. Al-Muwaid said that two other IEDs had been deactivated and that ongoing searches were taking place to look for other potential bombs.

09 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • In December, WFP is targeting 1.86 million beneficiaries: 1,815,800 under protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200636 and 44,600 under PRRO 200305.

Situation Update

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab region and is the 8th 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.

09 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 4 December 2014 in News
Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A, Dec. 2—Yemen comemorated the Intenational Day of People With Disabilities on Wednesday. Yemen’s disabled population exceeds roughly two million citizens, most of whom do not receive basic treatment and services from the government, according to statistics released by the Yemeni Handicapped Forum on Monday.

The Yemeni Handicapped Forum is an independent NGO that works to spread awareness and provide services to disabled people in Yemen.

08 Dec 2014 description

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Monday 12/8/2014 - 16:46 GMT

Yemeni security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at separatist demonstrators in the southern port city of Aden on Monday, leaving some of them injured, witnesses said.

Supporters of the Southern Movement, which wants independence from Sanaa, had called for a "Day of Rage" and blocked roads across Aden.

South Yemen was independent between the end of British colonial rule in 1967 and 1990, and a succession attempt four years later sparked a civil war, before it was overrun by northern troops.

08 Dec 2014 description

December 2014 – Despite lack of proper financial rewards, thousands of dedicated vaccinators, health educators and volunteers in southern Aden governorate devoted their time and energy to conduct a national immunization campaign.

In the recent measles, rubella and polio campaign, which took place from 9 to 20 November 2014, these selfless people maximized all their efforts to ensure the success of the campaign in which around half of Yemen’s population were vaccinated against measles and rubella.

For these people, saving lives is the “biggest gain”.

08 Dec 2014 description

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Monday 12/8/2014 - 15:47 GMT

Seven civilians were killed in a US-Yemeni raid to rescue an American hostage at the weekend that also left him and a kidnapped South African dead, a tribal chief said Monday.

Tarek Ferid al-Daghari, who heads the influential Al-Awlaki tribe in Shabwa province, said his tribe would press for compensation from the Yemeni government over Saturday's raid.

08 Dec 2014 description

The ERF allocated US$1,267,059 to five new projects during October and November 2014. The projects aim to respond to protection needs of displaced and conflict-affected children in Al Jawf, Marib and Amran Governorates. Two other projects will address food insecurity and improve access to health care services for vulnerable host communities in Al Dhale’e and Amran Governorates. The United Kingdom/DFID supported a second call for proposal with an additional estimated US$3.9 million. Twelve projects received under this call for proposal amount to a combined budget of US$4.4 million.

08 Dec 2014 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Monday 12/8/2014 - 05:52 GMT

Seventy Ethiopian migrants have drowned after their boat sank near the entrance to the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, the Yemeni Interior Ministry said.

The boat capsized in bad weather off the port city of Al-Makha, near the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website Sunday. It did not clarify when the boat sank.

"All those who were on board died," the statement said, adding that all were from Ethiopia.

07 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

• Global acute malnutrition is still high in Al Hudaydah Governorate despite recent reports showing a reduction from 32 to 18 based on 2014 SMART survey. This number is still above critical threshold of 15 per cent.

• Distribution of food in Haradh was suspended in October following security threats to WFP staff at one of the distribution points. Nearly 5,000 households (mostly IDPs) could not receive their food in October