OCHA Yemen Flash Update 2: Clashes in Al Jawf and Sanaa, and humanitarian response (2 October 2014)

Situation Report
Originally published

The situation in Al Jawf Governorate and Sana'a City has been mostly calm over the last week. In Al Jawf, a tribally-mediated agreement calling for all parties to withdraw from Al Ghayl District came into force on 18 September, and no clashes have been reported since. However, IDPs have reportedly not returned home in significant numbers due to concerns that fighting could resume. About 1,200 IDP families (8,400 people) in Al Jawf are receiving basic assistance from humanitarian partners. About 300 families (2,100 people) from Majzar District in neighbouring Marib Governorate sought shelter in others and have not yet received assistance. Assessments are being completed on 1 – 2 October in Marib, and aid delivery is expected shortly afterwards.

In Sana’a, fighting between Al Houthis and their opponents ended late on Sunday, 21 September, with the signing of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement (PNPA). Sporadic clashes have occurred in several locations since then, but the agreement continues to hold. Denial of access prevented efforts to conduct a coordinated multi-sector needs assessment in affected areas on 25 September and 30 September. This refusal came despite the signature of an annex to the PNPA which specifically calls on all parties to facilitate humanitarian access (PNPA Annex, Section VII).

Individual partner reports indicate that conditions in Sana'a require a response mainly focused on addressing rights violations, mine risk education and psychosocial needs. According to the Ministry of Health, 274 people were killed and 470 injured in the clashes. Number of the dead buried by relatives during the active conflict is unknown and undocumented. Reports indicate mostly very limited damage to buildings in affected areas, All health facilities, including those that had been occupied, are back in operations. Many people who left home during the fighting have returned. Five schools remained occupied by armed men as of 30 September. Mostly, schools were affected by the conflict as they were used by fighters or were targeted or caught in crossfire. Four of the 51 affected schools were extensively damaged. Assessment of private houses will be conducted to establish extent of damage and scale of need for shelter assistance. According to food security partners, markets are open in affected areas, and the price of basic food basket has not increased.

This Flash Update was issued on 2 October and updates information provided in the Situation Report of 21 September. No further updates are planned unless conditions deteriorate.

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