After the US call last week for a cessation of hostilities and peace talks before the end of November, fighting has intensified. On 3 November, 200 air strikes were reported in and around Hodeidah alone. Fighting was particularly intense around the airport, to the east of the city and near a university to the west, 4 km south of the port. Some humanitarian partners have started relocating their staff to the city of Bajel, north of Hodeidah, in Hajjah governorate.
With 22 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance, the drop in the value of the Yemeni Riyal (57% against the USD in the last twelve months) has led to a catastrophic loss of purchasing power for the majority of the population.
On 6 November, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, announced that the European Commission increased its funding for humanitarian aid for civilians in Yemen with EUR 90 million, as the conflict-torn country plunges into the world’s worst hunger crisis. The new funding brings the total EU humanitarian aid in 2018 to EUR 118 million.