Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 12 - 18 February 2018 [EN/AR]
UPDATE FROM THE HUMANITARIAN HUBS
Aden: Protracted hostilities on Yemen’s west coast are leading an increasing number of people fleeing their homes towards southern governorates. As of 12 February, humanitarian partners in Aden have recorded over 7,100 households displaced since December 2017.
Approximately 500 newly displaced households were reported having arrived within the last week. Most IDPs originate from the governorates of Al Hudaydah, Taizz and Al Bayda.
Despite enormous challenges, including access and security concerns, humanitarian partners in the south have mobilized to scale up the response to assist the displaced. While the response is still slow in eastern areas, mainly due to limited presence of implementing partners, the response is ongoing in Taizz coastal districts of Al Mukha and Dhubab and picking up in Abyan, where most of the new IDPs are located. Emergency assistance has been delivered to 8,800 IDPs across the governorates of Lahj and Aden, including a particularly vulnerable caseload of 1,500 people in the village of Foqum, in the Aden district of Al Bureiqa.
Al Hudaydah: As hostilities in the governorate do not abate, displacement from Hays and Al Garrahi districts, continues on a daily basis. As of 14 February, a total of 2,387 newly displaced families have been identified. In Al Garrahi district, fighting between GoY forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah forces continued.
The main road from Al Hudaydah and Taizz governorates through Al Garrahi was temporarily blocked.
Some 177 schools, with an estimated 65,000 students, in Hays, Al Khawkhah and Al Garrahi districts have been affected by the ongoing hostilities and are currently not functional. An estimated 40 per cent of 1,256 newly displaced families are reportedly living in the open.
More people are expected to be displaced as military activities continue.
Ibb: Ongoing fighting between GoY allies and Ansar Allah forces in Taizz governorate and on the west coast is forcing displaced people to seek shelter in safer locations within Ibb and Taizz. During the week, there were reports of 218 families displaced. The fighting could engulf the main road connecting Ibb and Taizz through Dimnat Khadir Al Misrakh. If that happens, then access from Ibb to Taizz city may change to Al-Taizyiah–Jabal Habashi district, which is currently a frontline area.
Sana’a: Local authorities in Dhamar governorate and partners operating in the area reported that the number of displaced people has significantly increased, especially in Dhamar City, Wusab As Safil and Wusab Al Ali districts.
In Sana’a and Marib governorates, airstrikes were reported in multiple locations including Nihm and Sirwah districts. Both districts as well as Nati’ district in Al Bayda continued to witness strong ground fighting between Ansar Allah forces and GoY forces. Casualties were reported in the violence but figures remain to be confirmed.
Sa’ada: Sa’ada and Al Jawf governorates continue to bear the brunt of airstrikes and fierce ground clashes. In the last week, airstrikes were reported in the districts of Kitaf Wa Al Boqe’e, Razih, Baqim, Al Dhaher, Haydan, Monabbih and Ghamr. Clashes escalated in Baqim district along the border.