UN Special Envoy announces month-long pause in peace negotiations
USAID partner WFP provides food assistance in Al Qahira, previously unreachable due to insecurity
Relief organizations continue to report security concerns, particularly in Ta’izz
Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) authorities, Al Houthi representatives, and other stakeholder delegations suspended UN-led peace negotiations on August 6 with plans to reconvene in September, according to the UN. Parties to the conflict plan to meet separately with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed during the one-month suspension. The UN Special Envoy reiterated the importance of achieving a comprehensive economic and political solution and ensuring unhindered humanitarian access throughout the country.
Violations of the cessation of hostilities (CoH) agreement that went into effect on April 10 continue in Al Jawf, Marib, and Ta’izz governorates, according to the UN. In a press statement on July 26, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick appealed to all parties to the conflict to prioritize the protection of civilians and civilian needs and to ensure unhindered access to vulnerable populations, particularly in Ta’izz where fighting intensified in July.
Heavy rainfall and floods since late July have affected an estimated 41,400 people and damaged agriculture, roads, and water infrastructure across eight of Yemen’s 21 governorates. Humanitarian agencies are assessing needs among flood-affected populations and coordinating with local authorities to provide multi-sector emergency relief assistance, including health care support, safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation items, and shelter materials.