March 2017 marks two years since the KSA-led Coalition began airstrikes on Al Houthi and allied forces in Yemen
An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are experiencing acute levels of food insecurity—an increase of 20 percent since June 2016
The IPC Technical Working Group estimates that approximately 17 million people in Yemen will experience IPC 3—Crisis—or IPC 4—Emergency—levels of food insecurity between March and July 2017. Yemen’s acutely food-insecure population has increased by approximately 20 percent since June 2016.
U.S. Deputy Representative to the UN Ambassador Michele J. Sison addressed the UN Security Council (UNSC) on March 10 and urged all parties to the Yemen conflict to allow unfettered access for humanitarian aid and commercial imports, highlighting that conflict-affected populations in Yemen are at risk of experiencing Famine—IPC 5— levels of food insecurity.
On March 16, an attack by unconfirmed armed forces resulted in the deaths of more than 40 civilians, primarily Somali refugees, aboard a privately contracted boat approximately 30 miles from Al Hudaydah Port on Yemen’s western coast, according to international media.
Persistent insecurity along Yemen’s western coast, as well as port and overland transportation restrictions, has hindered humanitarian access and negatively affected the import and delivery of commercial and humanitarian commodities, such as food and fuel.
UN agencies and other relief organizations, including USG partners, continue advocating to parties to the conflict for increased humanitarian access and secure transport routes to reach conflict-affected populations in need of urgent relief assistance.