Yemen: Al Hudaydah Update Situation Report No. 9 - Reporting Period: 14 - 24 July 2018

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 24 Jul 2018

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the OCHA Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

  • As of 24 July, a total number of 47,230 displaced households from Al Hudaydah Governorate have been registered of which 34,250 have been assisted.

  • Some 300 displaced families from Al Hudaydah are living in public schools in Sana’a City, Dhamar City and Amran City.

  • Al Hudaydah and Saleef sea ports are operational.

II. Situation Overview

The situation in Al Hudaydah City remains relatively unchanged from the previous week; following the pause in military operations announced by the United Arab Emirates, a relative calm continues to hold as military operations around the airport remain static with no major developments or gains by either of the parties to the conflict. However, field reports indicate that sand and concrete barriers continue to be erected on roads within the city. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is considering relocating its migrant response center after the main road leading to it was completely blocked. The center currently hosts some 40 vulnerable displaced families and serves as a distribution point for RRM supplies to IDPs hosted in the city.

During the reporting period some returns to Al Hudaydah City were observed. However, such returns are generally limited to heads of households coming back to the City to look after their property and businesses after having left their families in the areas of displacement, including in other governorates.
Displacement continued to be reported from At Tuhayat and Ad Durayhimi districts where armed clashes and airstrikes intensified during the reporting period. Multiple airstrikes were also reported in in the districts of Al Hawak, Al Hali, As Salif, Bajil, Al Garrahi, Zabid, Kamaran Island, and Al Hajjaylah. Also, during the reporting period, ground fighting continued in parts of Bayt Al Faqiah District. On 19 July, five people were reportedly killed, and three others were injured including women and children by indiscriminate artillery shelling in Wadi Al Qawm Village in Ad Durayhimi District.

On 23 July, partners met with local health authorities to address reports indicating an increase in the number of reported cholera cases in Al Hali district which accounts for almost 40 per cent of all suspected cholera cases reported in Al Hudaydah Governorate since January 2018. Six Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) were mobilized to investigate the reports and 15 cholera cases have been confirmed.

As of 24 July, three vessels are at berth and five are in the anchorage area in Al Hudaydah port, with three UNVIM-cleared vessels en route. Al Hudaydah and Saleef port are operational, while Ras Isa port remains closed.

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