Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 13 | As of 30 June 2016 [EN/AR]
SG condemns attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Taizz.
14.1M people are food insecure.
2.8M displaced people require assistance.
$25M allocated to NGOs from the Yemen Pooled Fund
Total population 26 m
Number of people targeted by assistance 13.6 m
Number of people targeted by health care assistance 10.6 m
Number of people targeted by food assistance 8.9 m
Number of people displaced 2.8 m
Number of deaths (WHO,17 June) 6,503
Number of injuries (WHO, 17 June) 32,169
Peace Talks and the Cessation of Hostilities
Peace talks continued in Kuwait throughout June 2016. The parties used the Eid holiday to return home for consultations and have been preparing for a new round of Talks, which is scheduled to re-start in Kuwait on 15 July. In June, the De-escalation and Coordination Committee and the Local Disengagement Councils, continued to play a role in reducing violations of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH).
Nonetheless, violations including ongoing airstrikes and armed clashes were reported, particularly in Al Jawf, Hajjah, Marib, and Taizz.
The city of Taizz has experienced some of the fiercest fighting during the CoH. A medical organisation working in the Taizz Governorate reports that since the CoH began on 10 April, medical facilities and hospitals in the area have treated a staggering 1,624 people with injuries related to fighting. Nearly half of which were civilians. On 4 June, the shelling of a market in the city of Taizz with heavy weapons resulted in 18 civilian deaths, including 7 children and 67 wounded. The attack was condemned by the UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, who called for an independent investigation into the incident and for all parties to uphold international humanitarian law and protect civilians.
Child prisoners captured during fighting returned to their families
On a positive note, on 21 June the UN Special Envoy for Yemen reported to the UN Security Council that 54 child prisoners had been returned to their families with support from UNICEF. During June, more than 400 detainees, including prisoners of war, had been released by Ansar Allah. On 27 June, the UN Secretary-General urged the release of all prisoners, political detainees, journalists, civil society activists building measure.