Heightened insecurity in Al Hudaydah continues to result in civilian casualties, constrain humanitarian access, and threaten infrastructure
More than 20 million Yemenis relied on negative coping strategies to feed their households in October
USAID partners provide assistance to address food insecurity, including critical health, nutrition, and WASH services
Fierce fighting and airstrikes intensified near Yemen’s Al Hudaydah city and in neighboring districts following the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)-led Coalition’s deployment of additional forces to Al Hudaydah Governorate in early November. Airstrikes and ground clashes resulted in at least 100 casualties—including approximately 40 civilian deaths—and damaged civilian infrastructure in the governorate during October, humanitarian actors report.
In October 30 statements, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis urged for a cessation of hostilities within 30 days and called on all parties to support UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths’ efforts to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict through third-country consultations starting in November.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) anticipates that food security in Yemen will likely deteriorate further in the coming months, with the potential for Famine—IPC 5—levels of acute food insecurity to develop in areas dependent on imports or affected by conflict and population displacement. The number of Yemenis exhibiting poor or boderline levels of food consumption increased by nearly 50 percent between mid-July and October, from 8.1 million people to nearly 12 million people, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP) Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) unit. On October 23, UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock informed the UN Security Council that relief actors are conducting an IPC assessment that will likely yield more conclusive data on food security in Yemen.