Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 30 July – 9 August 2018 | Issue 23

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 09 Aug 2018

KEY ISSUES:

• Violence in several governorates has killed tens of civilian, including children and women, and continues to displace thousands of other people.

• As of 05 August, 50,552 households have been displaced from Al Hudaydah and 47,400 households (93 per cent of caseload) have received assistance through the rapid response mechanism (RRM)

• More than 1.4 million people in need of assistance live in districts with high access constraints. Food and fuel imports declined by 18 and 20 per cent, respectively, in July

PARTIES TO CONFLICT ARE REQUIRED TO PROTECT CIVILIANS AND CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE

Tens of civilians were killed in violence in several governorates during the reporting period. The most concerning incident occurred on 2 August when strikes were reported at a fish market and near Al Thawrah Hospital in Al Hudaydah City, killing civilians including women and children. As of 6 August, WHO reports that the latest casualty figures stand at 55 deaths and 130 injuries.

Civilians and hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law. Several partners condemned the strikes and called on all parties to the conflict to respect the laws of war. “We’ve said this before and we are saying it again - parties to the conflict are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

This is not a voluntary commitment - it is mandatory on all belligerents,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Yemen Humanitarian Coordinator. “So many people have died in Yemen - this conflict has to stop.” Ongoing violence in Al Hudaydah Governorate is continuing to trigger displacement. Since June 2018, humanitarian partners in Hudaydah hub have registered more than 50,500 displaced households.
While most displaced people are hosted within the governorate, others have moved to neighbouring governorates and need humanitarian assistance.

Nine schools in Sana’a City are currently hosting displaced households. In Taizz and Ibb governorates, displacement from Al Hudaydah has reached over 4,300 households.

During the reporting period, civilian casualties were reported in Sa’ada and Al Jawf governorates, especially in districts bordering Saudi Arabia, as airstrikes, shelling and fierce fighting continued. Casualties included a child and his mother in Sagayn District and another civilian in Shada’a District, Sa’ada Governorate. In Al Jawf, two civilians were reportedly killed by airstrikes in Bart Al Anan District.

Armed clashes intensified in the northern and eastern parts of Taizz City, with residential neighbourhoods coming under indiscriminate shelling. On 28 July, Al-Thawrah Hospital inside the city was hit but no casualties were reported. Other incidents occurred in Aden and Lahj, with casualties. One partner in Aden reported on 1 August that the local trauma hospital has received 493 patients from the frontlines on the western coast since April; 83 per cent of the 173 patients received from Al Hudaydah and Taizz in July were injured by gun shots, landmines or bombing.

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