Yemen – Conflict (DG ECHO, Local media, Civil Society Groups, Logistics Cluster, FAO, UN, OCHR, FS Cluster) (ECHO Daily Flash of 14 February 2017)

  • Airstrikes have continued in the last days and civilian casualties were reported in Hodeidah city. On 13 February, the city's telecommunications building was destroyed, reducing the possibilities of contacts with the population. While airstrikes intensify on Hodeidah, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concerns over the direct targeting of civilians.

  • As of 12 February, there were rumours that the coalition had declared Hodeidah city a military zone. This information was not confirmed by the coalition. According to the Logistics Cluster in Sana’a, on the 13 February, the coalition renewed its instructions for all boats to leave Hodeidah area. For this reason Commercial shipping activities will possibly be stopped. This is directly threatening the urgently needed food imports and consequently food stocks in the country. On the 10 February, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released a report estimating that the existing wheat stocks will only last until the end of March. The most recent Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA) reports that 7.3 million people are severely food insecure and require immediate assistance.

  • Fighting continues in the eastern part of Mokha and heavy airstrikes have been reported in Yakhthul town along the coast, some 10 km north of Mokha.