Yemen External Situation Report #13 – May 18, 2015
The five-day humanitarian pause expired on Sunday evening, leaving millions still in need in Yemen. The pause was marred by violence and was insufficient to provide for the needs of the vulnerable. Limitations on the ground, including lack of fuel and security issues, restrained the movement of organizations and prevented access to some of the most-affected communities in Yemen, including in Aden and Lahj. Fuel, food, water and medical supplies are still in shortage, leaving millions at risk. A permanent and safe humanitarian corridor and access to fuel, food, water, and medical supplies is necessary to provide relief for Yemenis.
Following the pause, the violence has resumed in Yemen, including airstrikes in Aden and ground fighting countrywide. Tribal and government leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia to discuss the situation, but combatant leaders have refused to participate in the talks.