Joint INGO Proactive on the Escalation of Violence on Hodeidah

11 June 2018 - INGOs in Yemen today warned that any further escalation of violence around the port city Hodeidah could have catastrophic consequences. Humanitarian organizations fear an imminent attack on the city given developments on the ground over recent weeks.

If an attack does take place, it is likely to have a catastrophic impact on the civilian population as large parts of the Yemeni population will be at risk of displacement, disease and worsening food insecurity, including possible famine. Food imports have already reached the lowest levels since the conflict started and the price of basic commodities has risen by a third. Seventeen million people in Yemen are already food insecure, and Hodeidah governorate is already in crisis.[1] People’s coping mechanisms are exhausted.

We are gravely concerned that in the absence of commercial imports in case of an attack on the port for any length of time, parts of the population could experience famine.[2] As the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande said “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything— even their lives,”[3] if there is a military attack on Hodeidah port.

In order to prevent thousands of civilian casualties, mass displacement, and possible famine, as well as the breakdown of current peace efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, we urge all parties to the conflict to refrain from any further military activities in and around Hodeidah city and the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef. Both ports provide the lifeline to around two thirds of the Yemeni population.

We call on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease violence, keep the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef open and fully functional, and uphold their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to protect the civilian population from the worst impacts of the violence.

Signatories:

Action contra la Faim

ACTED

Adra

Care International

Danish Refugee Council

Global Communities

Handicap International

International Medical Corps

Intersos

International Rescue Committee

Islamic Relief

Mercy Corps

Medecins du Monde

NRC

Oxfam

Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale

Relief International

Save the Children

Solidarités International

War Child UK

ZOA

[1] Yemen IPC Analysis, March-July 2017, https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-ipc-analysis-summary-findings-a...

[2] According to latest FewsNet statement from May 2018 https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20-%20Ke...

[3] Reuters, “U.N. says assault on Yemeni port could cost 250,000 civilian lives”, 8 June 2018, https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-yemen-security/u-n-says-assault-on-yem...