Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 16 | As of 30 September 2016 [EN/AR]
New pledges totaling more than $116 million have been committed by donors to the Yemen operation.
UNICEF supports 600,000 children to take final year school exams.
Child marriage increases as result of the economic crisis.
Humanitarian assistance delivered to 4.6 m people.
700,000 people assisted in Al Hudaydah hub since January 2016
Total population 26 m
# of people targeted by assistance 12.6 m
# of people targeted by health care assistance 10.7 m
# of people targeted by food assistance 8.0 m
# of people displaced (IDPs & returnees) 3.1 m
# of deaths (WHO) 6,885
# of injuries (WHO) 35,022
Source: HRP and HNO-WHO
$1.6 billion requested
$751 million funding against HRP 46% funded (30 September 2016)
Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict
The month of September was marked by continued conflict, with Yemeni civilians bearing the brunt of the failure to reach a political solution. Large numbers of airstrikes were recorded, mainly in central and northern governorates such as Al Jawf, Amran, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Taizz, Sa’ada and Sana’a. Ground clashes continued in Al Jawf, Lahj, Hajjah, Marib, Sana’a, Sa’ada and Taizz governorates.
On 11 September 2016, an airstrike hit a drilling rig which was constructing a water well in Sa’ada. A follow-up airstrike in the same location killed and injured many other additional people who came to rescue those insured in the initial attack. Reports from local hospitals indicated that 30 people were killed and 17 wounded. On 12 September, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen issued a statement to register the humanitarian community’s on-going concern at the unrelenting attacks on civilians and on civilian infrastructure throughout Yemen by all parties to the conflict. He called on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, to protect civilians and to recommit to the April 10th Cessation of Hostilities agreement.
However, on 21 September 2016, an airstrike hit a residential area of Al Hudaydah city killing 24 people and wounding over 100. The UN Secretary-General condemned the multiple air strikes on the Red Sea port city and expressed his sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. In Taizz, indiscriminate shelling of urban areas continued.
While United Nations and Non-Governmental Organization officials continue to highlight the need for a political solution and the necessity by all parties to recommit to peace, warring parties and political leaders continue to demonstrate an unwillingness to negotiate a lasting peace and to reach a settlement. Calls to hold the responsible parties accountable for alleged human rights violations are growing.