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23 Aug 2017 description

Mass atrocity crimes are being committed in Yemen as pro-government forces and a regional military coalition fight against Houthi rebels, who still control much of the country.

BACKGROUND:

Despite several temporary ceasefire agreements and intermittent UN-brokered peace talks between the government and Houthi rebels, the conflict in Yemen continues to leave civilians facing mass atrocity crimes. The last attempted ceasefire, which started on 19 November 2016, collapsed within 48 hours.

22 Aug 2017 description
infographic World Health Organization

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The cumulative number of cholera cases reported in Yemen since October 2016 is 468 993 including 2 050 related deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.43%. The country experienced a second wave of this outbreak during the month of April and from 27 April to 31 July 2017, the total number of reported cases of cholera at 443 166 including 1 921 related deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.43%.

22 Aug 2017 description

YEMEN

Over half a million cholera cases were reported between 27 April and 22 August in Yemen. The total number of cases is likely to exceed the 600,000 prediction by the end of 2017. Food security also continues to deteriorate in previously less affected eastern areas of the country. In Hadramut governorate, the share of the population with poor food consumption increased from 3% in May to 14% in July, and food assistance is limited.

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IRAQ

21 Aug 2017 description

Speech given by Ms Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the ICRC at the World Humanitarian Day panel on "Violence against health care and its implications for affected populations, humanitarian workers and aid".

Director General, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The ICRC is honoured to co-organise with the United Nations Office in Geneva, UNOCHA and MSF this debate on World Humanitarian Day.

21 Aug 2017 description

Letter sent to Secretary-General Guterres, all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council and EU High Representative Mogherini.

OSLO/NORWAY 18 August 2017

Dear Secretary-General Guterres,

19 Aug 2017 description

Amman, Jordan

Mr. President,

Yemen today continues to traverse a critical and agonizing period as civilians pay a terrible price of an unending power struggle. Those who survive the fighting face death by famine or disease as the economic situation continues to deteriorate and the humanitarian conditions worsens.

18 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yemen’s cholera caseload exceeds 522,000 new suspected cases and nearly 2,000 related deaths

  • Revised 2017 Yemen HRP appeal requests $2.3 billion for humanitarian response efforts

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 6 million people with emergency food assistance in July

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12961

SECURITY COUNCIL
8027TH MEETING (AM)

Iran-backed Rebels Blocking Aid Delivery, Deputy Prime Minister Stresses, Pledging Airport Reopening Provided Government Forces Control Security

18 Aug 2017 description

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) and Save the Children collected more than 37,000 signatures on a petition calling on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to list all responsible parties for committing grave violations against children in Yemen, including the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, in his 2017 annual report on children and armed conflict.