On 1 March, heavy fighting broke out in Al Hazm City, Al Jawf Governorate and continued over the week causing massive secondary and tertiary displacement towards Marib. An estimated 1,800 households (HHs) have reportedly fled the area as fighting escalated and over 2,100 have already reached Marib.
A reception centre to register and support internally displaced people (IDPs) was established in Marib and the DG ECHO supported Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) was activated for life-saving assistance, including food supplies and hygiene kits. Some 4,000 emergency shelter kits and 3,500 non-food items are being transported to Marib. UNFPA mobile protection and reproductive health teams were deployed to provide critical maternal health services, psychological first aid and transit kits.
Desert locusts in southern Yemen are likely to form a swarm that could strip vegetation. Control operations are limited owing to the conflict, which is worrying considering an estimated 15.9 million Yemenis are already severely food insecure.