Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 13 - 26 October 2017

Situation Report
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20.7 million people in need

1,980,510 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

84 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

946,044 IDP returnees

931,846 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,539 refugees and asylum seekers


USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

Operational Update

Unhindered humanitarian access is critical to ensuring life-saving assistance is delivered and activities are conducted for those who need it the most, particularly families in frontlines areas. Despite challenges in access and operational conditions, UNHCR has conducted more than 50 high-risk missions during 2017, and provided life-saving assistance including emergency shelter and financial support to some 330,000 to displaced people and IDP returnees this year. However, worsening security conditions, including active hostilities, continue to hamper humanitarian efforts to reach those who are most need.

UNHCR has also witnessed an increase in needs among the displaced population, as prolonged conflict impacts on families’ safety and security, in particular those forced to flee. UNHCR has received reports of new displacement and need for urgent aid for an estimated 1,000 families who have fled ongoing hostilities and are now seeking shelter in Zabid, Bayt Alfaqih and Al Jarrahi districts in Hudaydah. Furthermore, the number of IDPs in Turban district areas in Lahj Governorate continues to increase, with some 50 families arriving to the area since September after fleeing hostilities in Taizz. Rapid needs assessments are underway to better understand the needs of both communities.