Yemen – Conflict (DG ECHO, UN, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 2 February 2017)

◾The Yemeni government forces, with airstrike support from the Saudi-led coalition, continued their push north along the Red Sea coast and have reached the port of Al Mokha. Continued airstrikes, shelling and sniper activity have put a severe burden on the civilian population. According to a statement issued by the UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie Mc Goldrick on 31 January, up to 30 000 people are trapped and in need of protection and assistance. Mr. McGoldrick called for a halt to the fighting to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Reports of a significant number of civilian casualties are circulating in the media, but cannot be confirmed through independent sources at the moment.

◾Continued coalition strikes are also reported on Hodeidah port and nearby coastal areas. Hodeidah is one of the most populated governorates in Yemen (3.2 m people) and a major entry point for humanitarian assistance and commercial goods. Coalition airstrikes have also targeted key roads and bridges linking Al Mokha district with Hodeida province as well as key road infrastructure linking Hodeida port to Sana’a city, further limiting supply routes and the transport particularly for food and other essential items.

◾On 30 January, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed strongly condemned an attack on the De-escalation and Coordination Committee building in Dhahran Al-Janoub, Saudi Arabia. According to the Special Envoy the UN maintains a regular presence in the building, which was supposed to host a committee to oversee the Cessation of Hostilities and report on violations.