Latest cessation of hostilities agreement has limited effect, lapses without renewal
UN releases 2017 Yemen HNO, identifies 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
RoYG reports 8,975 suspected cholera cases and 89 cholera-associated deaths; task force continues response efforts
On November 19, a 48-hour cessation of hostilities agreement came into effect. While the agreement reduced conflict in some parts of Yemen, fighting and airstrikes largely continued, and on November 21, the agreement lapsed without renewal. The UN, U.S. Government (USG), and other stakeholders continue consultations with Al Houthi representatives, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)-led Coalition, and Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) officials aimed at establishing a sustained cessation of hostilities.
The UN released the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) on November 23. The HNO identifies 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian support countrywide, including 10.3 million people that require immediate life-saving assistance. Although the people in need figure represents a reduction from the 21.2 million people identified in 2016, the UN notes that the decrease is due to targeted prioritization and not an improvement in humanitarian conditions, which have further deteriorated.
As of December 8, the RoYG Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) had reported 8,975 suspected cholera cases and 89 cholera-associated deaths across 13 governorates and the capital city of Sana’a. A RoYG MoPHP-led Cholera Task Force, which includes USG partners, continues to conduct health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in cholera-affected and at-risk areas.
On November 28, Al Houthi leadership and allied groups announced the formation of a new government, rejected as illegitimate by the RoYG. In a November 29 statement, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed characterized the development as an obstacle to the peace process and urged all parties to refrain from unilateral actions outside of UN-sponsored negotiations.