Yemen Conflict - ETC Situation Report #14 (Reporting Period: 30/09/2016 to 10/11/2016)

Report
from World Food Programme, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster
Published on 10 Nov 2016

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) finalised the establishment of an ETC back-up Internet connectivity hub for Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Ibb.

  • Under the leadership of the World Food Programme (WFP), ETC Yemen is working on enhancing the Internet connectivity services at the Diplomatic Transit Facility (DTF) in Sana’a.

  • An assessment report on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) requirements for the Hadda United Nations (UN) compound has been drafted and recommendations for deployment made.

Situation Overview

After 19 months of conflict, the situation in September intensified. Airstrikes occurred across the country and armed conflict in certain parts of Yemen continued, mostly in Ta’izz, Marib and along the Saudi/Yemeni Border.

The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Yemen announced a 72-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen starting at 11:59 p.m. local time on 19 October. The pause in violence largely held and allowed for humanitarians to access hard-to-reach areas, including parts of Ta’izz Governorate. However, international media reported renewed fighting early on 22 October.

Sana’a airport is closed and only humanitarian flights are granted entry to. Electricity remains unavailable across most of the country with the exception of a few hours every week.

A new threat to the population emerged with the detection of the first cases of cholera.