Islamic Help UK Yemen Program: Brief Report of Current Conflict

Situation Report
Originally published


The main public hospital in the capital city Sana’a Al-Thawra hospital has been overwhelmed by the current conflict; it has received over 100 patients in the past few days and as the hospital provides its services free of charge it has been unable to keep up with the influx of patients and has transferred many of them to private hospitals which is a considerable hardship for poor patients. Al-Thawra hospital is currently requesting donations to help with its operations including supplies (the hospital had to purchase medication from individual suppliers to keep up with cases) and funds to support the hospital’s electricity grid and ambulance services. During a visit to the hospital Islamic Help encountered several children who were injured in the course of the bombardment, one of those cases were siblings 9 and 7 y/o who were orphaned in the initial attack on the military base, one of which is in a coma while the younger one is a traumatic shock due to the bombing.

Amran governorate has received thousands of households from the outskirts of the capital region reaching up to ~2000 households who have been fleeing the areas surrounding military encampments, weapon storages and other areas attacked during the past few days. The majority of these households were women and children (as adult males mostly remained in the capital region) leaving those households vulnerable and dependent on the already overwhelmed host areas in Amran. The hospital in the capital city is equally overwhelmed by patients received from outside the governorate due to the limited supplies available which requires patients to purchase from outside suppliers.

Islamic Help conducted visits to several districts to gather information on the needs of IDP and host households and was able to interview over 50 IDP and host households; all of the IDP households fled from Sana’a and Sa’ada governorate due to the bombardment and while most of them stayed with host households and relatives others rented houses. All of the households interviewed were concerned about their Water and food supplies and noted that the influx of IDPs from nearby governorates has sharply decreased their supplies; some IDP households also complained of the shortcomings of their accommodation.

Finally the majority of the communities interviewed noted that they expect more IDPs to arrive as the governorate has been spared from direct attacks for the time being.

The capital city of Hodeida governorate is witnessing Airstrikes as well as clashes between civilians and armed groups; added to that the international coalition conducted bombardments on several areas in the city which sent scores of people into hospitals in past 48 hours including Al- Ulfy public hospital which reported severe limitations (in terms of supplies and beds) in treating patients which they have transferred over to private hospitals. Islamic Help observes internal displacements within Hodaidah city specially influx from the airport and bombing areas.

Al-Bihan district which is the eastern entrance of the governorate bordering Al-Baydha governorate (which has seen several months of similar clashes) has been involved in a full-scale war involving aerial bombardments by the international coalition More than 900 households have been reported to have fled the district to nearby regions including the capital region.

Islamic Help UK teams are observing IDPs movement from Sa'adah and Sana'a and started to track the situation