The security situation continues to deteriorate in Yemen with no signs of abating. As of 5 April, WHO estimates that 614 people have been killed and 2,038 injured by violence (including 77 children killed and 44 injured between 26 March and 6 April).
Civilian infrastructure has been damaged including schools, health facilities and electricity stations. An airstrike on 7 April near Al Rasheedi School in Yemen's Ibb Governorate reportedly left at least two children dead and two injured, while a child was reportedly injured near to Al Khadhra School in Midi, Hodeidah.
UNICEF is providing supplies and medication, and supporting the operation of 9 heath facilities in 4 conflict-affected districts in Sa’ada. UNICEF is also supporting 2 mobile health and nutrition teams in Harad District.
UNICEF WASH cluster focal points are working in Al Dhale, Abyan, Lahj and Aden to support continuity of water supply. UNICEF is also providing water to Al Mazraq camp and distributing chlorine tablets to families.
UNICEF is carrying out ongoing reporting and verification of grave child rights violations, disseminating Mine Risk Education messages (almost 10,000 people have been reached since 1 April), and is providing psychosocial support services (almost 2,000 children have been reached in Amran and Al Bayda).
The Ministry of Education has extended the suspension of schools in Sana’a and Aden Governorates to 12 April. Meanwhile, all schools in Hodeidah, Sa’ada and Sana’a and a further 1,800 schools across the country are closed, affecting nearly 1.5 million children. UNICEF is working with governorate education offices to identify alternative schooling arrangements for children whose schools are temporarily closed, including possibly moving children in affected areas to schools in nearby areas not affected by the conflict.