Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 12 June - 9 July 2018 | Issue 20
• Eleven people were killed by an airstrike in Sa’ada, including nine children, as violence continues in several governorates.
• The UN verified 842 cases of the recruitment and use of boys as young as 11 years old in 2017. Also verified was the killing and maiming of 1,316 children.
• Commodity imports improved in May, leading to better supply and availability in most local markets but prices remained high.
• The Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) has completed a reserve allocation for US$90m.
AIRSTRIKES AND ARMED CLASHES CONTINUE IN SEVERAL GOVERNORATES
Fighting in Al Hudaydah has overshadowed ongoing clashes in other governorates of Yemen. During the reporting period, an airstrike hit a wedding party in Al Dhaher District, Sa’ada Governorate, reportedly killing 11 civilians, including nine children and two women.
Other airstrikes and clashes with casualties were reported in Sa’ada and Al Jawf governorates. In addition, two schools were damaged in Amran Governorate. Under international humanitarian law, parties to the conflict are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.
A new front was reported in Hayfan District, Taizz Governorate which could impact movement on the TaizzAden road. Armed clashes continued in Maqbanah district.
Inside Taizz City, two civilians were reportedly killed by shelling in a residential area in Al Camp neighbourhood.
An attack on a military compound in Buraiqah, outside Aden city, raised tensions among various parties after weeks of relative calm.
IMPACT OF CONFLICT ON CIVILIANS’ REPORT
During the reporting period, the Protection Cluster published its latest report on the impact of the conflict on civilians, showing that from December 2017 to May 2018, 844 incidents of armed violence with civilian impact were recorded in Al Hudaydah, Sa’ada, Sana’a and Marib governorates. The recorded incidents resulted in 1,828 civilian casualties, of which 26 per cent were women and children.
More than half a million households experienced restricted access to basic services including health and education, and more than 50,000 experienced restricted access to food and water as infrastructure was targeted by violence. Sa’ada Governorate experienced the greatest civilian impact, with more incidents than all other governorates combined.