This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the OCHA Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
• Armed clashes reached Al Hudaydah airport on the southern outskirts of the city.
• IDPs arriving to Al Hudaydah City from the frontlines.
• The Yemen Red Crescent evacuated injured civilians from Al Mandhar to hospitals in Al Hudaydah City.
Conflict in Al Hudaydah threatens ports; sustained imports needed to mitigate risk of Famine
On Wednesday 13 June, forces loyal to President Hadi, backed by the Saudi and Emirati-led international coalition (SELC) have launched a military offensive on Hodeidah, whose strategic port on the Red sea remains one of the few lifelines left for people living in northern Yemen.
. Clashes are continuing just south of Hodeidah city during the Eid al-Fitr festival, one of the most important religious holidays for Muslims. Many people in Hodeidah left their homes yesterday to go to Mosque or visit friends and family, but many are frightened to move far from their homes.
· Fighting is ongoing in several locations near the city's southern outskirts, where Ansar Allah troops are holding a line close to Hodeidah airport. Frontlines elsewhere have shifted inland in response to heavy coalition airstrikes.
ABU DHABI, 15th June, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has commenced emergency aid operations via air and sea relief bridges in Hodeidah, Yemen.
The move follows the directives of the UAE leadership and is in line with the framework of the UAE foreign aid policy and emergency humanitarian aid response to the Yemeni people.
In a statement, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Chairman of the ERC, reiterated the UAE's commitment to its humanitarian responsibilities towards its brothers in Yemen, as per the directives of the UAE leadership.
This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
• Heavy fighting in Al Hudaydah put hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk;
• Al Hudaydah port remains open and food is being offloaded from vessels;
Sana’a – The military offensive on Yemen’s busy port city of Hodeidah, which began yesterday (13/08), is putting the lives of 600,000 people at risk. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, warns of the drastic impacts that the military operation is having on migrants and humanitarian access to all affected communities. With its UN and other partners, IOM urges restraint and calls for respect of International Humanitarian Law, especially the protection of civilians, including migrants.
Humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families in the port city of Hodeidah, where fighting has escalated.
“Dozens of UN staff are in the city helping to deliver food, water and health services,” said Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “We estimate that 600,000 civilians are in the city—many of whom are dependent on assistance to survive.”
On-the-record update from the Norwegian Refugee Council on the situation in Hodeida, 14 June:
· Since the Saudi-led Coalition offensive on Hodeidah started yesterday, people in the governorate have reported heavy airstrikes along coastal areas and roads in districts south of Hodeidah city.
· No direct attacks have been reported within Hodeidah city itself, despite the overhead presence of fighter jets since yesterday morning.
13 June 2018 – Infectious disease outbreaks are a serious public health concern, posing a direct threat to families, especially children, in every home in Yemen. Emergency preparedness and response structures could mean the difference between life and death for many people. Through the quick mobilization of readily available teams, the number of people affected could be reduced and the spread of deadly diseases controlled.
Islamic Relief is gearing up its operations in Yemen to deal with the potential for a significant increase in suffering and displacement of people as a consequence of today’s devastating escalation in Hodeida. This could lead to millions of people facing starvation.
22.2M People in need 2M IDPs
89% of IDPs displaced for more than a year
956K IDP returnees
CRIs 1M recipients of CRIs since March 2015
279K refugees and asylum seekers
$198.7M requested in 2018
$108.6M received as of June 2018
RIYADH, June 13 – Saudi Arabia and the UAE have announced on Wednesday a comprehensive, multi-faceted plan for the protection of civilians in Hodeidah and surrounding areas. The five-point plan, which aims to safeguard and intensify the flow of humanitarian aid into the port of Hodeidah, will be underpinned by the continued support in Yemen of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) and the UAE Red Crescent.
The joint plan sets out the following guarantees for the protection of civilians in the province:
• Humanitarian agencies are increasingly worried by the likely impact of a possible military assault on Al Hudaydah City which will impact hundreds of thousands of civilians.
• Prepositioning of aid supplies continues throughout the Governorate as aid organisations plan to stay and deliver • Forty-six migrants drown off the coast of Yemen
INCREASED CONCERNS AT A POSSIBLE MILITARY ASSAULT ON AL HUDAYDAH
Tamer Kirolos, Yemen Country Director, Save the Children, says:
An estimated 300,000 children stuck in Hodeidah city are risk of being killed or maimed by the fighting. Families and children could be caught in the crossfire, unable to leave but in grave danger from bombs and bullets if they stay, trapped beyond the reach of humanitarian aid or medical care.
A statement from Robert Mardini, the regional director for the Near and Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on the situation in Hodeida, Yemen.
The most recent push for Hodeida is likely to exacerbate an already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen. The population has already been weakened to extreme levels.
NEW YORK, 12 June 2018 – “As Hodeida faces the threat of an assault, I am extremely concerned about the impact it will have on children in this port city and beyond.
“UNICEF estimates that at least 300,000 children currently live in and around Hodeidah city – boys and girls who have been suffering for so long already.
London, June 12, 2018: Aid groups operating in Yemen are warning of catastrophic consequences of any further escalation of violence around the port city Hodeidah. According to credible reports, a possible attack of the city looks imminent and could, according to the UN, cost up to 250,000 lives.
Monday, June 11, 2018 — At approximately 5:40 am on Monday 11 June, an airstrike hit a newly constructed MSF cholera treatment centre (CTC) in Abs, Yemen. The facility was empty at the time because it had not yet received any cholera patients. No staff or patients were injured or killed. The CTC is located about one kilometer from the MSF-supported Abs Rural Hospital, a 147-bed hospital that serves a population of more than 1 million people. Markings on the roof of the compound clearly identified the CTC as a healthcare facility. The airstrike has now rendered the CTC non-functional.
- 22.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance
- 2 million people are internally displaced
- 2.2 million people are aimed to be supported by IOM
- As part of installing one of the largest solar WASH systems in Yemen, a second 120 kw solar powered system has been installed successfully, supporting 15,000 IDPs, host communities, and other conflict affected individuals, and the local water authorities in improving operational efficiency.