Yemen – Conflict (ECHO, UN, EP, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 29 February 2016)
On 25 February, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a Resolution reminding all parties that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law and that the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure amounts to a war crime. The EP calls for an impartial and independent investigation into all alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including the latest attacks targeting humanitarian infrastructure and personnel. The EP is also calling the EU to launch an initiative aimed at imposing an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. In a press release, the EP also urgently called for a cease fire and the resumption of negotiation for a political settlement of the crisis.
On 27 February, airstrikes hit a market area in Nihm district (in the Governorate of Sana’a) killing at least 32 people and injuring more than 40, mostly civilians. On 28 February, in a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the airstrikes and called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the deadly incident.
Yemeni militiamen clashed with soldiers guarding the presidential palace in Aden on 28 February in a rare confrontation between presumably allied forces. The attackers from the Popular Southern Resistance were trying to have an audience with top officials inside the palace over unsolved financial issues.
Saudi Arabia and UAE were the two top donors of humanitarian aid in 2015 for Yemen according to the data provided by donors to the UN Financial Tracking System, with respectively USD 331 and USD 312 million funding contributed.