Yemen: Al Hudaydah Update Situation Report No. 8 - Reporting Period: 4 - 13 July 2018
- Intense artillery shelling and airstrikes in Al Tuhayata and Zabid districts continue to trigger displacement.
- As of 13 July, approx 35,000 displaced households (HHs) have been verified and 20,000 of them have received RRM assistance.
- Al Hudaydah and Saleef sea ports are operational. The WFP-chartered vessel VOS Theia that covers the Djibouti-Hudaydah route has resumed its voyages.
Intense artillery shelling and airstrikes in At Tuhayat and Zabid districts continue to trigger displacement and disrupt access to basic services. Civilian casualties continue to be reported; on 10 July, airstrikes reportedly struck two vehicles in Al Garrahi District, killing six civilians, including a 14-year-old boy. Most families that are leaving Zabid are moving to relatively safer nearby districts as well as to Sana’a, Aden and Ibb governorates.
In Al Tuhayata District, fighting has disrupted the supply of water supply after one of two main generators powering the water network was hit by a shell. One temporary therapeutic feeding centre in Zabid has also been closed due to the volatile situation; insecurity is preventing humanitarian partners from delivering water storage tanks to truck water as some affected areas cannot be reached. In Zabid, partners are reporting difficulties in reaching and registering displaced people.
Al Hudaydah City is relatively calm following an announced pause in military operations by the United Arab Emirates earlier in the week with sporadic airstrikes and artillery shelling reported near the airport. More civilians are moving within the city compared to previous weeks; shops and bakeries have reopened and water supply has improved following repairs to the main water pipeline. However, roads leading to air-port, sea port and the Sana’a – Al Hudaydah road remain blocked by sand and concrete barriers.
Some families continue to leave the city mostly for Sana’a, but the pace is slower than in past weeks. Both Hudaydah and Saleef sea ports are open and operational. As of 11 July, five vessels were at berth and two were in the anchorage area. Four UNVIM-cleared vessels were en route. Ras Isa port is closed.