The humanitarian community in Yemen is greatly alarmed at the decision by the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) to closure all of Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings which is preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries and commercial supplies from reaching the country and the movement of aid workers in and out of Yemen.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death.
INGOs in Yemen are calling on all actors to lift restrictions on Yemeni airspace and allow for the reopening of the country’s main airport, Sana’a International. The official closure of Sana’a airport, one-year ago today, effectively traps millions of Yemeni people and serves to prevent the free movement of commercial and humanitarian goods.
Preface / Methodology:
A field visit was conducted by IH-UK to five areas in Al Makha and Bab al Mandab districts in the governorate of Ta’iz. The situation, a result of internal war and airstrikes from coalition aircraft, is summarized below. Note that, due to time and logistics constraints, only one questionnaire was answered in each area; however, the questionnaire was informed by community leaders and focal points and not just one individual.
After more than a month of heavy fighting in Yemen, a group of 22 major aid agencies in Yemen have warned today their life-saving assistance risk coming to an abrupt end within a week unless land, sea and air routes are opened immediately for the importation of fuel.
The conflict of Al-Ghayl which is mainly between Al-Islah and Al-Houthis has resulted in the displacement of 90% of residents (total population 1,309 HHs and 10,436 individuals) from Al-Ghail district and the closure of routes leading to the district and Al-Jawf governorate. The district has high strategic value as the main road route to Al-Jawf from Sana'a and Ma'arib pass through the area and controlling the route will provide a military and strategic advantage.
The humanitarian situation in northern and western parts of Iraq is dire. The untold suffering of minority groups as a result of escalating violence and attacks is unacceptable and the violation of international human rights and humanitarian laws is despicable. This must be stopped immediately. There are reports of gross human rights violations, especially committed against women and children, which could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
(Sana'a) Islamic Help (UK) Yemen Program has entered into a partnership with Unicef for improving the drinking water, sanitation and hygiene situation in conflict affected areas of Al-Jawf governorate in Northern Yemen. This project is targeting the districts of Al-Zahir and Al-Matoon which will result in improving access to drinking water for 24 villages and improving the sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in 5 schools and 5 health clinics.
Following the floods, which began during August, and have heavily impacted upon several Governates in Yemen, Islamic Help have begun undertaking rapid assessments in highly affected districts of Shabwah Governate such as Rudum, Ahwar and Mayfa, in preparation for an emergency response which will involve the provision of Family support packages to flood affected households. The packages include: Blankets, Kitchen sets, Kerosene Stoves, Plastic buckets (for food storage or washing/personal hygiene), Jerry cans, Family Hygiene kits and Mosquito nets.