Yemen: Clashes in Al Jawf and Sana’a Situation Report No. 1 (as of 21 September 2014 at 16.00)
On 18 September, clashes erupted in Sana’a between Al Houthi militants, Government forces and pro-Government armed groups, following weeks of Al Houthi protests in the city. Fighting continued as of 21 September, mainly in the northern half of the city. However, UN DSS reported shelling from Army positions in Faj Attan around noon on 21 September, indicating that conflict may be expanding south.
No verified estimates of humanitarian needs were available at the time as of 21 September, but reports indicate civilian casualties and significant displacement from affected areas. Partners are currently not able to reach affected areas due to road closures and ongoing violence, but the Government confirms that Ministry of Health and Yemen Red Crescent ambulances have been deployed to the area. Partners are also providing essential supplies to Sana’a hospitals.
Intermittent clashes between Al Houthi militants, Government forces and affiliated armed groups in Al Jawf and Marib Governorates have escalated since mid-September. According to humanitarian partners, 1,500 families have been displaced from these areas since the end of July. Of these, 1,200 families in Al Jawf are receiving basic assistance, but an estimated 300 families in Marib have not yet been assisted.
UN Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Yemen Jamal Benomar announced late on 20 September that all parties had committed to sign an agreement. This agreement is intended as a “national document” that would immediately end hostilities and set out a peaceful way forward. Government sources reported yesterday that the agreement would be signed on 21 September, but it had not been signed by 16.00.