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09 Nov 2017 description

Almost Three Quarters of Yemen Population Face Starvation as Food Security Continues to Worsen

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  • Large-scale acute food insecurity continues worsening. October/November harvest will most likely not offset the local food production deficits. According to FAO cereal production thematic study conducted in seven governorates1 , the cultivated land under rain fed condition decreased by 11%, while irrigated land under cereals decreased by 40% compared with pre - crisis period.

09 Nov 2017 description

With two million still displaced after years of conflict, UNHCR assistance helps the most vulnerable keep a roof over their heads and children out of work.

By Shabia Mantoo

AMRAN, Yemen – After narrowly escaping death when her house was bombed twice and fleeing her home city Sana’a, the last thing 35-year-old Dhawla Jarady was prepared for was eviction from her current home and the prospect of life on the streets with her family.

09 Nov 2017 description
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The humanitarian community in Yemen is greatly alarmed at the decision by the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) to closure all of Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings which is preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries and commercial supplies from reaching the country and the movement of aid workers in and out of Yemen.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death.

09 Nov 2017 description

Hello everybody. Thanks very much for coming.

I’ve just briefed the Council in closed session on recent developments in Yemen. I’ve made a number of statements on this topic in recent days, including a Member States briefing on Monday. I’m not going to repeat all that. I’m just going to give you an update on recent developments.

08 Nov 2017 description

War crimes, starvation and the Yemen blockade

Following the firing of a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia by Houthi forces, on 5 November the Saudi-led international military coalition intensified its blockade of Yemen, closing all air and sea ports. These severe measures were accompanied by the heaviest aerial bombardment by coalition forces of Sana’a governorate in over a year.

08 Nov 2017 description

With more than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen facing or at risk of famine, US$379 million in coordinated allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) were critical to the scale up of humanitarian action in those countries in the first half of 2017.

08 Nov 2017 description

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 — Over the last three days, the Saudi-led coalition has not allowed MSF flights into Yemen, directly hindering the organisation’s ability to provide life-saving medical and humanitarian assistance to a population already in dire need. As such, MSF is calling on the Saudi-led coalition to immediately allow unhindered access to and within Yemen so that humanitarian assistance can reach those most in need.

08 Nov 2017 description

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Cumulative figures

  • The cumulative total from 27 April 2017 to 5 Nov 2017 is 908,400 suspected cholera cases and 2,192 associated deaths, (CFR 0.24%). 991 have been confirmed by culture.

  • The total proportion of severe cases among the suspected cases is 19% - The national attack rate is 329.84 per 10,000. The fivspected cases.

08 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Saudi-Led Coalition’s ‘Temporary’ Blockade Puts Millions at Risk

Akshaya Kumar

Today, the United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen. Their discussion comes days after the Saudi-led coalition announced it would “temporarily” close all sea, land, and air entry into the country.

08 Nov 2017 description
infographic Norwegian Refugee Council

H I G H L I G H T S

  • 233 residents living in the site of Veria, as of 31 October.

  • 34 new arrivals were received throughout October from Lesvos and Evros border crossing. All welcomed and briefed about site services and amenities by NRC SMS team and provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter team and Bridge2.

  • 1 UAM was transferred to Alexandria site, and 24 residents departed spontaneously by own means.

07 Nov 2017 description

Geneva/Sana'a (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urgently calling for Yemen's air, sea and land borders to be kept open to allow vital humanitarian supplies to enter the country.

"Humanitarian supply lines to Yemen must remain open," said ICRC's regional director for the Near and Middle East, Robert Mardini. "Food, medicine and other essential supplies are critical for the survival of 27 million Yemenis already weakened by a conflict now in its third year."

07 Nov 2017 description

Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.
Mr. Vice-President,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to present the annual report of the Human Rights Council to this General Assembly. I would like to begin by congratulating the fifteen recently elected Members of the Human Rights Council. I have full confidence that all Members will work hard to uphold the promotion and protection of human rights.

Mr. Vice-President,

07 Nov 2017 description
  • In response to the recent missile attack on the international airport in Riyadh on 5 November, the Saudi-led coalition announced a temporary air, land and sea embargo on Yemen. The coalition also stated that it would protect the entry and exit of humanitarian personnel. Since 6 November, United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flights to Aden and Sana’a have not been authorised, leaving more than 90 humanitarian staff blocked in and out of the country. Clearances for sea vessels were also temporarily suspended.

07 Nov 2017 description

The flight of the Rohingya has caught the world’s attention. Since 25 August, more than half a million men, women and children fled from one country to another in search of safety and respite.
The conditions of those now living in Bangladesh, having crossed from Myanmar, are dire. Many have arrived with just the clothes they happened to be wearing; they arrive scarred, wounded, traumatised.

07 Nov 2017 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 7 November 2017
Subject: (1) Yemen

(1) Yemen

We are deeply concerned by a series of attacks in Yemen over the past week that have killed dozens of civilians -- including several children -- and we appeal to all parties to respect international law governing armed conflict.