Yemen: Escalating Conflict Situation Report No. 7 (covering 6-12 May 2015)



  • Conditions in Aden continued to deteriorate, with seven out of eight districts experiencing heavy clashes and random shelling daily. There is a complete breakdown in basic services in addition to a lack of food and water. On 6 May, a boat in Aden travelling from Al Tawahi to Al Buraiqeh was fired upon, killing scores of people, many of whom were civilians fleeing conflict areas.

  • On 6 May, airstrikes killed 27 people in Sahar District, Sa'ada Governorate. On 12 May reports emerged of scores of people being killed and hundreds injured in explosions at a military base on the outskirts of Sana’a.

  • Large numbers of people fled their homes in Sa’ada amid intensifying airstrikes on 8 and 9 May. Overall estimates of casualties and displacement from these incidents are not available due to communications difficulties and highly fluid displacement movements. However, Partners estimate that 3,000 families (21,000 people) have fled into Amran, with others remaining in Sa’ada or moving towards Sana’a, Hajjah or Hudaydah.

  • Widespread insecurity and severe fuel shortages continued to impede humanitarian response efforts during the reporting period. Escalating conflict entered its second month, with civilians bearing the brunt. Reports continued to be received of attacks affecting hospitals, schools, water systems, mosques and airports.


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