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23 Nov 2018 description

Key Issues
- The exchange rate of the Yemeni Rial rose significantly during the reporting period, up to about 520 YER per dollar, indicating that steps to stabilize the exchange rate are beginning to take effect.
- Humanitarian partners continue to preposition and deliver life-saving assistance to people in need and support vital installations in Al Hudaydah City.
- As of 19 November, partners identified more than 132,000 displaced households from Al Hudaydah Governorate; of whom more than 123,000 households have received rapid response assistance.

23 Nov 2018 description

Recent Situational Developments

Yemen remains in the grip of war with 2.8 million internally displaced persons including 0.5 million newly displaced since June 2018. Out of the newly displaced persons, 84 percent are originated from Al Huday-dah and close to 91 percent voiced their critical needs for shelter assis-tance according to the latest IOM ETT (Emergency Tracking Tool) report.

22 Nov 2018 description

“The recent de-escalation in fighting in Hudaydah is providing a desperately needed respite to hundreds of thousands of civilians who remain in the city. We urge all parties to maintain it.

“At the same time, we remain deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. Hostilities over the last several weeks in Hudaydah have taken a steep toll, including on health facilities directly damaged in crossfire or occupied by armed groups.

22 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
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  • UNICEF together with all United Nations agencies in Yemen is calling for urgent action on five key issues to avert a human catastrophe, in particular on: cessation of hostilities in Al Hudaydah and the rest of the country, addressing the massive malnutrition rates and underlying causes of food insecurity, intervening on essential infrastructure damages, tackling the ongoing depreciation of the Yemeni Rial (YER) and restoring payments of civil servants.

22 Nov 2018 description
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20 November 2018 – Millions are living through the worst humanitarian crises in the world. In a world where basic infrastructure and services are a presumed part of daily life, Yemeni citizens struggle to meet simple needs of access to clean water, sanitation, food and primary health care. The energy formerly spent on development and capacity-building is being wasted on struggling to stay alive and healthy.

22 Nov 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

• Significant rainfall deficits continue to accumulate in the eastern half of the Horn of Africa as the Deyr season progresses. Deficits are -25 to -100 mm or worse in southern and central Somalia, central and eastern Kenya, and southeastern and other localized parts of Ethiopia.

• Favorable cropping conditions have been maintained in the western sector of the East Africa region, despite an erratic onset of the rainy season and poorly distributed, below-average rainfall amounts in parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and western Kenya.

22 Nov 2018 description
report Oxfam

In recent days in the port city of Hodeidah in Yemen, hundreds of bombs have been dropped on and fighting has raged around the hospital. Houthis artillery fire in Yemen, and across the border into Saudi villages and towns, has similar effects. This intensification of fighting in the has put the spotlight back on the terrible conflict which has been raging since 2014.

The tragedy here is that the crisis is human made and a product largely of arms brought in from outside of Yemen, both before the war and since it started.

Millions of People Are in Need

21 Nov 2018 description
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Record funding for landmine clearance, but casualties remain high

21 Nov 2018 description

Throughout the Middle East region last week, there was a spike in both demonstrations and remote violence events. For the former, the increase occurred most significantly in Iran, where wide scale economic protests continue, and in Israel, where people responded to the latest round of border violence with Gaza. That violence took the form of heavy rocket fire from both Gazan armed groups and the Israeli military following another breakdown in the ceasefire. In Syria, heavy regime and rebel shelling in the northwest also contributed to this spike in events.

21 Nov 2018 description

A Saudi-led coalition attack on the city of Hodeida risks plunging millions of Yemenis into famine and will meet fierce resistance from Huthi rebels. The U.S. should stop enabling coalition offensives and international stakeholders must quickly place Hodeida under UN control.

What’s new? At the end of October, fighting reached the outer edges of the city of Hodeida, a gateway on Yemen’s Red Sea coast for trade that is a lifeline for some two thirds of the country’s population. It has subsided for now but could resume at any moment.

21 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

An overview of the World Bank projects and results in Yemen- November 2018

The World Bank has supported development in Yemen for over 45 years. The long history and close working relationship has helped the World Bank to continue supporting the Yemeni people and key institutions during the current crisis. This update offers an overview of our projects in Yemen until November 2018.

21 Nov 2018 description

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 — MSF teams have treated more than 500 war-wounded people since the start of a new offensive launched by Saudi and Emirati (SELC)-backed forces against Ansar Allah troops on 1 November. MSF is extremely worried for its patients and staff who are endangered by fighting close to its facilities in Hodeidah, Yemen.

Heavy fighting and shelling have resumed inside Hodeidah, with battles getting very close to Al-Salakhana hospital, where MSF teams are working.

21 Nov 2018 description
report Save the Children

URGENT NEED TO REACH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SEVERELY MALNOURISHED CHILDREN BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger since the war in Yemen escalated, according to new analysis by Save the Children. That’s the equivalent of every single child under the age of five in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city.

20 Nov 2018 description

The United States can do more to support negotiation efforts in Yemen and help the parties find a workable, sustainable solution to the conflict.

Blog Post by Guest Blogger for Strength Through Peace

Alexandra Stark is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center for International Affairs' Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD candidate in international relations at Georgetown University.

20 Nov 2018 description

DUBAI/RIYADH – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) welcomes a pledge of US$500 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for humanitarian food assistance to Yemen. The funds, which will partially go to WFP, will cover shortfalls in the current humanitarian response while helping WFP scale up its operation to provide life-saving food assistance to 10-12 million severely hungry people in Yemen, including more than 2 million children.

20 Nov 2018 description

Kingdom had joined hands with the UAE and Kuwait to bolster UN humanitarian effort in Yemen by donating $1.25bn

RIYADH, November 20, 2018 – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) and Emirates Red Crescent on Tuesday announced a joint US$500 million aid initiative to alleviate a food crisis in Yemen. The move will benefit 10 to 12 million Yemenis.

20 Nov 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Salem Jaffer Baobaid, Islamic Relief’s Project Coordinator in Hodeida, said on Friday 16 November: