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16 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

HARADH, 16 November 2009 (IRIN) - Aid workers at al-Mazraq camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haradh District, Hajjah Governorate, northernYemen, say more and more children are arriving at the camp in a state of moderate or severe malnourishment.

"During our tent visits, we found that an average family has a severely or moderately malnourished child," said Sarah Yahya, a volunteer working with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on identifying malnourished children.

Khalid Shaibani from the …

15 Nov 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

14 Nov 2009 description

What is the situation in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region?

As of 14 November 2009, 23:00 hours, Cairo time, 28,751 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported to WHO by 22 out of 22 Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Somalia has reported the first 2 cases on the beginning of November. There are 188 related deaths from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 reported, so far, from 15 member states in the Region.

14 Nov 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: James Kilner

LONDON (AlertNet) - Already overcrowded aid camps in Yemen are being stretched further as hundreds of people arrive daily as they flee escalating fighting between government forces and Shi'ite rebels that has dragged in neighbour Saudi Arabia, aid organisations said.

Saudi Arabia launched an offensive last week after Yemeni rebels seized Saudi territory along the mountainous border from which they said the Saudis had been allowing Yemeni troops to use to attack their positions.

The world's largest oil exporter has used its air force and artillery …

14 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

SANAA, Nov 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Yemen and Japan signed in Sanaa on Saturday an agreement by which the Japanese government will offer a 16-million U.S. dollar grant for water projects in the country, state-run Saba news agency reported.

Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Abdul Karim al-Arhabi and Japan's Charge d'affaires signed the agreement which besides funding the rural water supply projects, prepares for a detailed design for it.

The project is due to be inaugurated in 2010.

13 Nov 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

AMMAN/GENEVA, 13 November 2009 - "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the escalation of the conflict in northern Yemen.

"Fighting has now spilled into Saudi Arabia, reportedly causing 240 villages to be evacuated and more than 50 schools to be closed.

"The total number of people displaced by the conflict since 2004 has gone up to more than 175,000, from an estimated 150,000 only a few weeks ago.

13 Nov 2009 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

12 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

SANAA, Nov 12, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Yemeni Interior Ministry said on Thursday 131 Somali infiltrators have been arrested in different locations along its southwestern coasts, state-run Saba news agency reported.

The ministry said in a report 81 illegal immigrants coming from Somali landed in Thubab coast of Taiz governorate, while 50 others disembarked in Ahour coast of the near Abyan governorate.

According to the report, 61 women and four children were among the arrested migrants who were then sent to the main camp of refugees in Lahij province, southern Yemen.

Yemen, …

12 Nov 2009 description
report Yemen Times

By: Sadeq Al-Wasabi

SANA'A, Nov. 11 - The NGO Law amendment draft proposed by the Social Affairs and Labor Ministry, which is currently presented to Parliament for debate, provoked rage among rights groups and activists, who described it as "unjust".

12 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

HARADH-SANAA, 12 November 2009 (IRIN) - Reports from various UN agencies operating in northern Yemen indicate that many people displaced by fighting between Houthi-led insurgents and government forces would rather live with host families or in informal camps then in official camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

"A major reason why some IDPs prefer to stay outside is cultural," Mai Barazi, a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) team leader in Haradh, told IRIN.

12 Nov 2009 description

As the armed conflict in northern Yemen escalates further, reportedly spilling over into Saudi Arabia, the ICRC is becoming increasingly concerned about the plight of civilians and is stepping up its activities.

The plight of civilians is worsening as the conflict extends along the Yemeni-Saudi border and intensifies. The ICRC calls on all parties involved to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian law. It urges them in particular to take all necessary precautions to spare the civilian population and to allow unimpeded passage of humanitarian aid.

12 Nov 2009 description
  • Saudi forces try to keep Yemen rebels away from border

    * 10 km deep "kill zone" no place for civilians

    * Saudi navy patrols off northern Yemen

  • Saudi govt adviser

    By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is using air power and artillery to enforce a 10 km (six mile) deep buffer zone inside Yemen to keep Yemeni rebels away from its southwestern border, a Saudi government adviser said on Thursday.

    Saudi officials said heavy guns had pounded insurgent positions across the border on Thursday to create what Saudi media …

12 Nov 2009 description
map ReliefWeb

UNHCR, 10 Nov 2009 - UNHCR is extremely concerned about the recent escalation of the conflict in northern Yemen and its impact on civilian population. We again appeal for the protection of civilians and secure and unhindered access for humanitarian workers to deliver much needed assistance.

Displaced families from embattled Sa'ada governorate continue to arrive to Al Mazrak camp in Hajja governorate where the past two days have seen a significant increase in the number of arrivals.

11 Nov 2009 description
report Yemen Times

Yemen Times Staff

SANA'A, Nov. 11 - Thirty three representatives from thirteen national and local organizations based in Sana'a, Aden, Hadramout and Sa'ada learned about logistical operations generally and specifically around times of humanitarian situations caused by disasters last week.

The organizations were part of Oxfam-GB Yemen Program's partners of the good governance, women empowerment, health and humanitarian programs.

11 Nov 2009 description


- Revision of the Flash Appeal has been finalised at a local level. Activities are planned under the Flash Appeal until the end of December 2009, beyond which humanitarian activities will be incorporated in the 2010 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP).

- The draft 2010 YHRP is under review at headquarters level. The overall aim of the YHRP is to respond to critical humanitarian needs which have been triggered, or in some cases exacerbated, by civil conflict.

11 Nov 2009 description

Mr. President,

Allow me to express sincere appreciation to you and the Government of Austria for convening this high level open debate, as well as for your efforts leading to the adoption, today, of resolution 1894, which marks a further very important advance in the Council's commitment to protect civilians.


11 Nov 2009 description
report UN Security Council


Conseil de sécurité
6216e séance – matin & après-midi

Par sa résolution 1894, le Conseil engage instamment les parties à un conflit à prendre « toutes mesures nécessaires pour respecter et protéger la population civile  »

11 Nov 2009 description

DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The Yemeni government said on Wednesday it had no conflict with minority Shi'ite Muslims, as its war with Shi'ite rebels in the north increasingly draws Sunni Muslim neighbour Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite power Iran.

"The state has no dispute with the Shi'ite confession which it respects like any other Islamic confession. The conflict with terrorist elements is not sectarian but stems from them being a rebel group outside the law...," a foreign minister official said in a statement to Yemeni media.

The statement came a day after …

11 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

HARADH, 11 November 2009 (IRIN) - Hundreds of civilians have been fleeing their villages along the border with Saudi Arabia following clashes between Yemen's Houthi-led Shia insurgents and the Saudi armed forces, according to a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) official.

"Over the past three days we had over 100 families arriving in the [al-Mazraq] camp every day - more than 300 families [2,100 people]," UNHCR team leader Mai Barazi told IRIN on 10 November.

The camp, which is about 40 minutes drive from Haradh, in the northwestern province of Hajjah, currently has an …

11 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

SANAA, 11 November 2009 (IRIN) - Yemen's Agriculture Ministry is boosting efforts to combat the livestock disease screw worm, which is threatening the livelihoods of rural inhabitants, particularly in coastal and central regions, according to ministry officials.

"Since 1 November, we have dispatched dozens of vets to rural areas in the governorates of Hodeida, Hajjah, Mahwit, Taiz, Ibb, Dhamar and Raima to treat thousands of infected animals and increase awareness among pastoralists on how to protect livestock," Mansoor al-Qadasi, the government's chief vet, told IRIN …