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report Inter Press Service

ABU DHABI, Nov 14 2017 (WAM) - The UAE’s soft power policy is a great profile that contributes to the positive reputation boasted by the UAE outside this region, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has said.

In an exclusive interview with the Emirates News Agency, WAM, ICRC President, Peter Maurer, commended the significant humanitarian role played by the UAE in Yemen.

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Pakistan

Humanitarian organisations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are facing increasing access difficulties.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been told by the Pakistani authorities to close its medical activities in Bajaur Agency. The organisation was told to close another project in Kurram Agency, also in FATA, in September. MSF provided healthcare for more than 40,000 patients in the first nine months of 2017.

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Current major event

Deaths from Dengue in Pakistan

Pakistan is endemic for Dengue fever (DF) since 1994. The country faced a number of repeated outbreaks in different provinces during last two decades. The recorded peak transmission season of DF virus is during July to October/ November. This year an outbreak was reported from the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 69 deaths reported from this outbreak so far.

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KEY FIGURES

20.7 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

956,076 IDP returnees

1,015,375 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,539 refugees and asylum seekers

Funding USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

Operational Update

14 Nov 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

14 November 2017

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Protracted conflict to drive large-scale needs and Famine risk through mid-2018

Key Messages

  • Large populations in Yemen continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity, the latter of which is associated with increased acute malnutrition and an increased risk of excess mortality. IDP populations, poor households in conflict zones, and poor households in areas with very high levels of acute malnutrition are likely facing the most severe outcomes.

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The man-made humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is getting worse. Prior to the closure of Yemen’s borders, over two and a half years of conflict had transformed Yemen into the world’s largest food insecurity crisis, seen deplorable attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure and unleashed an unprecedented cholera epidemic. Some 21 million are in need humanitarian assistance, seven million of whom are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid to survive.

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

The recent spike in civilian casualties highlights once again the need to ensure protection of civilians and the growing protection needs for the conflict-affected population of Yemen. Displacement has increased since June, as have negative coping mechanisms for an already vulnerable population struggling with ongoing conflict, cholera and risk of famine, necessitating urgent and immediate protection and assistance to those in need.

Protection of Civilians

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report Human Rights Watch

Saudi Arabia today attempted to sell its changes to the full blockade on all Yemen land, air, and sea ports as concrete humanitarian progress today.

They aren’t.

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Yemen

Turning to Yemen, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the impact of the blockade is leading to severe shortages of commercial and aid materials reaching the country.

The entire population of Yemen is dependent on food, fuel and medicine imports, primarily through seaports. More than 17 million Yemenis — or more than two thirds of the population — are already food insecure.

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Yemen has historically been 80 to 90 per cent dependent on imported food, medicines and fuel. All ports, including Al Hudaydah, Saleef, and Aden are necessary to meeting Yemen’s needs, as these ports service the population with varying capacities and proximities to population centres.

13 Nov 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

The international humanitarian aid agency Islamic Relief is calling for aid workers to be given unhindered access in Yemen so that millions on the brink of malnutrition or suffering from cholera have access to the food and medicines that are being brought into the country.

The call was made following the arrival in Yemen of an Islamic Relief cargo airplane at Sana'a International Airport carrying 19 tons of cholera medicines.

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KEY FIGURES

20.7 million people in need

1,980,510 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

84 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

946,044 IDP returnees

931,846 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,539 refugees and asylum seekers

Funding

USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

Operational Update

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HADRAMAUT, 11th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, today, signed an agreement to fund the rehabilitation of Al Kuda school in Tarim of Hadramaut in Yemen.

The agreement is part of the UAE assistance programme to support education in the Governorate of Hadramaut.

Abdul Aziz Al Jabri, head of the ERC team in Hadramaut, who signed the agreement with the School Principal, Rais Al Tamimi, said the agreement included maintenance works and fitting the school with internal equipment.