Yemen - ReliefWeb News
26 July 2016, 00:01 UTC
Restrictions on the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to civilians in Yemen are exacerbating the country’s humanitarian crisis and endangering lives, said Amnesty International calling on all parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered access to organizations providing crucial supplies.
A delegation from the organization visited Huthi-controlled parts of Yemen in May 2016 and spoke to 11 local and international humanitarian aid organizations who described unlawful restrictions on aid by both Huthi and Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces. The organization is urging that the removal of impediments to aid delivery is given top priority at the peace talks currently underway in Kuwait before they conclude this week.
“Unlawful impediments to aid in Yemen are causing dreadful suffering, and depriving people of their basic needs in the midst of an active conflict. It is absolutely imperative that negotiators prioritize this issue and take steps to guarantee aid is getting to those who need it most and that aid workers and their operations are not targeted or harassed,” said Lama Fakih, Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International.
“All parties to the armed conflict have an obligation to allow and facilitate delivery of impartial humanitarian assistance for civilians in need. Blocking such aid is a violation of international humanitarian law. Unfettered humanitarian assistance must be allowed to all those in Yemen desperately in need of food, water and sanitation and all parties need to let the aid workers do their jobs without interference or obstruction.”
During the post-Ramadan Eid period at the start of this month and leading up to the resumption of peace talks on 15 July, airstrikes and ground hostilities in various parts of the country re-intensified, leading to further displacement and worsening a situation where half of Yemen’s children are chronically malnourished and less than one in 10 of those children live to reach the age of five.
Aid workers who spoke to Amnesty International consistently described ad-hoc and unlawful barriers hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the country. These include the overly burdensome deconfliction procedures for humanitarian organizations put in place by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which entail informing the coalition of all their movements and providing coordinates of their operations so that they are not targeted.
Other obstacles identified include threats, intimidation, and obstruction of humanitarian workers’ activities, interference by Huthi security branches in aid operations and the forcible closure of humanitarian programmes as well as excessive and arbitrary restrictions on the movement of goods and staff into and around the country and interference which attempts to compromise the independence of aid operations.
Coalition failure to protect humanitarian relief personnel and operations
Humanitarian workers in Yemen face a multitude of threats and risks from the ongoing fighting and explosive remnants of war on a daily basis in order reach some of the population in need. Their struggles are compounded by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s lack of responsiveness and cooperation with them, which poses an unnecessary hindrance that is both costly and time consuming and delays the delivery of crucial aid.
“Humanitarian organizations are already struggling to cope with destroyed infrastructure and dangerous working conditions, and it is absurd that the delivery of aid is hinging on the coalition’s ad-hoc rules – people’s lives are on the line,” said Lama Fakih.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition demands excessively detailed maps, staff and vehicle information. These onerous requirements consume considerable time and resources. As a result, some NGOs are unable or choose not to provide this information, placing their staff and supplies in grave danger.
“The onus is on the coalition to ensure that they are not targeting civilians or civilian objects, including humanitarian workers and relief supplies. Humanitarian workers should be allowed unfettered access to distribute independent humanitarian assistance to the people caught in the middle of Yemen’s bloody conflict. The coalition and the Huthis should be doing all they can to facilitate relief operations – not make them more difficult,” said Lama Fakih.
Harassment of humanitarian workers by Huthis
Humanitarian organizations also reported being verbally or physically threatened, detained and questioned by a variety of Huthi committees and Huthi-aligned entities. In some cases, staff were detained or intimidated at gunpoint and humanitarian organizations were forced to halt field activities if they did not agree to unreasonable demands such as handing over the names of beneficiaries receiving their aid.
Stifling layers of bureaucracy imposed by the Huthi-controlled ministries also slow down the approval process of aid delivery. For example, humanitarian organizations have been asked by the Ministry of Planning to submit travel plans for a three month period, which can be extremely challenging in the volatile context of an armed conflict where plans can change at short notice.
The de facto Huthi authorities have also imposed a number of restrictions on access for international humanitarian workers, arbitrarily denying them access or delaying issuing visas and imposing excessively onerous internal movement permits for both international and national staff. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in February the Ministry of Interior in Sana’a refused travel permission to three different UN-led missions from Sana’a to Ibb and Ta’iz - 79% of the population in Ta’iz, Yemen’s third largest city, are in need of humanitarian aid.
Interference with independence of aid operations
In some cases Huthi local authorities, including the Ministry of Planning, have stalled and in some cases stopped assessments of humanitarian needs and programme monitoring from being carried out. They have also attempted to influence who humanitarian organizations hire or distribute aid to. This contravenes core humanitarian principles of independence and impartiality as well as internationally accepted best practice. It also impedes effective humanitarian operations, from planning to delivery.
"Yemen is facing a desperate humanitarian crisis and funding for aid organizations is crucial. It is imperative that proper needs assessments are carried out without interference,” said Lama Fakih.
Under international humanitarian law, all parties to the conflict must grant humanitarian workers freedom of movement, and protect them from attack, harassment and arbitrary detention. They must also ensure rapid and unimpeded delivery of impartial humanitarian relief for civilians in need.
- WFP requires additional resources before the end of July to provide school meals to 18,000 school children attending schools in the rural and suburban areas near of Djibouti-city. The new school year begins in September. Without additional funding at the start of the school year, in September, school attendance will most likely be affected.
According to UNHCR, as of 15 June, a total of 35,562 people of mixed nationalities from Yemen had arrived in Djibouti since the crisis in March 2015. Of those, 19,636 persons (56 percent) are Yemeni nationals; 13,962 (38 percent) are transiting migrants and 1,964 persons (6 percent) are Djiboutian returnees.
WFP continues to provide monthly rations to refugees settled in the camps, the urban poor and vulnerable drought-affected populations. In addition to the rations, WFP continues to support nutrition interventions aimed at treating moderate acute malnutrition and preventing moderate acute malnutrition and chronic malnutrition for children under five years, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Nutrition support has also been extended for people living with HIV/AIDS and TB clients, as well as support to their families.
According to FEWSNET, the Diraac/Sugum (March to May) rains, which were above average in most parts of the country, partially restored pastures and water reserves. However, water shortages due to El Nino related dryness continue to be experienced in northwest pastoral, southeast pastoral border zone, and areas of Obock, Ali Sabieh and Dikhil regions.
Most households in these regions are in stressed (IPC Phase 2) or crisis (IPC Phase 3). The forecasted Karan/Karma (July to September) rains are expected to be average to slightly above average in terms of cumulative rainfall, which will further help improve food security outcomes.
By Ansar Rasheed
In May 2015, while hostilities escalated in Yemen, 16-year-old Ahmed was conscripted to fight with one of the parties to the conflict. After months of being on the frontlines, he fled and returned home. Now he’s resuming his education and working hard to catch up on the schooling he missed.
ADEN, Yemen, 20 July 2016 – The room was silent and dark except for the small dim light of a rechargeable lamp in the corner where 16-year-old Ahmed* was reading his books. Since Yemen plunged into a brutal conflict in March 2015, electricity has been severely affected throughout the country, including Crater district in the southern Governorate of Aden where Ahmed lives.
Ahmed sat quietly, bending over his books. He was studying for his end-of-year school exams. His mother bought the rechargeable lamp to help him catch up on lost school time during the conflict. Ahmed said he is determined to continue his studies.
Read the UNICEF report: Children on the Brink
The conflict threatened not only his education, but also his life. In May 2015, as the fighting intensified in Aden, Ahmed said a group of young men knocked on his door one night. When he opened, they threw a gun at him and told him to act like a man and follow them. Confused and angry, he had no option, for he was powerless at that moment. Instead of being in school, he found himself dodging bullets fighting a war not of his making.
Until now, Ahmed could not remember – or rather did not want to remember – the horrific events he witnessed while was fighting. The sound of heavy weapons, bullets flying all around him, and the long journeys he made on an empty stomach are some of the terrible experiences he reluctantly mentioned.
Back to school
All that time, Ahmed didn’t give up his dreams to return to normal life and back to school. In December of last year, he sneaked out of the military camp and returned to his family. As he made his journey back home, he recalls seeing other young boys who are still with the fighters.
“I came across several security checkpoints manned by skinny boys of my age and younger, all carrying weapons heavier than their own bodies”, he said. “I could see fear in their eyes. I know very well what fear means, and how it feels.”
His parents have been supportive. They welcomed him back home with open arms and are helping him with his education.
Ahmed’s mother said that when her son was conscripted and during the period he was gone, she cried and prayed for his return. Now that he is back home, she will do everything to help him continue his education and achieve his dreams.
Proudly presenting his previous school marks, Ahmed showed that he had done well in school so far. One of his teachers, who identified himself as Mr. Adel, confirmed Ahmed’s very good performance in his class. Mr. Adel said he was proud to have Ahmed back in school and described him as a “hardworking and polite student”.
Now settled back at his home, Ahmed could not imagine having to go back. “We have to say no to war”, he said. “Enough is enough.”
Since the conflict escalated in Yemen in March 2015, the UN has documented and verified more than 1,000 children who have been recruited by the parties to the conflict. UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Education to rehabilitate schools and provide learning and teaching materials across the country, so that children can resume and continue their schooling.
Learn more about the humanitarian needs of the children of Yemen
*name has been changed to protect his identity
Fairfield, Conn. (July 22, 2016) —The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening by the day, with the latest statistics revealing more than 14 million people are in desperate need of food.
One in three Yemeni children under five – approximately 1.3 million – are suffering from acute malnutrition.
Nine governorates are now in a state of emergency, just one step away from being declared a 'famine', including the besieged city of Taiz and the major port city of Al Hodeidah.
Footage gathered by Save the Children shows babies aged between three and twelve months fighting for life in intensive care units at Al-Sabeen Hospital in the capital Sana’a.
Edward Santiago, Save the Children’s Country Director in Yemen, said: "We’re particularly alarmed at spiraling malnutrition amongst babies and children. Every day, more and more families face an increased risk of being pushed into acute malnutrition as supplies dwindle, prices skyrocket and poverty rises.
"Even when Yemeni families can get their critically ill babies to a functioning hospital, the electricity supply is patchy and fuel to run back up generators is scarce, meaning lifesaving equipment does not always function properly.
"The catastrophic food crisis in Yemen is clearly getting worse, and as we have seen so many times, it’s babies and children who suffer the consequences most."
The conflict, between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and armed opposition groups including Houthis, has killed more than 6,000 and cut off food, fuel, clean water and medical supplies.
While a de facto blockade on imports by the Saudi-led coalition has now eased, stocks of food and fuel remain perilously low. Food is 60% more expensive than before the conflict began in March 2015, and cooking gas is 76% more expensive.
The latest statistics reveal more than 2.7million people – out of a population of – have been displaced owing to the conflict, meaning they have lost their livelihoods and jobs. So even when people can find food to buy, many cannot afford it and their families go hungry.
With more than 1,600 schools destroyed or shut, it is unsurprising that a third of school age children in Yemen do not have access to education.
Santiago said: "The psychological impact of the conflict has been devastating for children with many showing symptoms associated with distress and trauma including anxiety, low-self-esteem and lack of concentration.
"We support 300 children in our Child Friendly Spaces in Sana’a – giving them the opportunity to play, learn, create and spend time with their friends in a safe place where they can forget what they’ve been through. But ultimately their recovery requires an environment in which they are not in daily fear for their lives."
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Note to Editors:
The latest malnutrition statistics were published by the IPC in June 2016 to cover the period June through September 2016: http://www.ipcinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ipcinfo/docs/1_IPC_Yemen_June2016_AcuteFoodInsecurityAnalysis_CommunicationBrief.pdf
According to the UN, 1.3 million children under five years old are suffering from acute malnutrition, with 320,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition. This represents almost a third of around 4.5 million children under five in Yemen: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Briefing_Yemen_s_children_suffering_in_silence_March_2016.pdf
Alongside other parties to the conflict in Yemen, the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition was listed in the UN 'list of shame' for violations against children – for killing and maiming children, and attacking schools and hospitals – published on June 2nd. It was promptly removed following pressure from Saudi Arabia.
Save the Children has been working in Yemen since 1963.
32,624 Arrivals from Yemen since 27 March 2015
17,000 Refugee returnees from Kenya since 8 December 2014
120,809 Evictions in Mogadishu since January 2015
591,224 New displacements since January 2015
WORKING WITH PARTNERS
As part of the UN integrated mission to Somalia (UNSOM), UNHCR maintains close collaboration with UN agencies, local and international NGOs and Somali authorities at country and field levels in a joint effort to provide assistance and durable solutions to the people of Somalia.
As a lead agency of the Protection and Shelter/NFI Clusters, and the implementation of the Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN), UNHCR spearheads productive partnerships with over 60 national and international NGOs.
Since 2012, UNHCR leads the Somalia Return Consortium, a group of nine UN agencies and NGOs providing coordinated and standardized assistance to IDPs who opt to return and reintegrate in their areas of origin to end displacement.
To coordinate effective response to the Yemen crisis, UNHCR and IOM co-lead a country-level inter-agency Task Force on Yemen Situation.
In the absence of a political solution, violations and abuses continue to occur in the context of widespread insecurity and in disregard of international humanitarian and human rights law. Yemen’s economy is now near collapse following 16 months of conflict and import and export restrictions.
Across Yemen’s 22 governorates, Humanitarians have reached close to 4 million people with some form of humanitarian protection or assistance since January 2016. The needs, however, are becoming more acute, particularly among the 2.8 million men, women, and children that have been displaced in search of safety, security and livelihoods.
The US$1.8 billion appeal has received a little over 26 per cent of funding.
32,713 Arrivals from Yemen since 27 March 2015, at the early onset of the crisis
7,015 Yemenis registered in Somalia since 27 March 2015 (including Somalis with dual Yemeni-Somali citizenship)
20,575 Arrivals registered at Reception Centres in Berbera, Bossaso and Mogadishu since 27 March 2015
52% Registered arrivals expressing intention to return to Mogadishu
9,992 Somali returnees provided with onward transportation assistance since 27 March 2015
USD 39.3 million Requested for the Somalia Response Plan for Yemen Crisis (January - December 2016)
During the reporting period, there has been three boat arrivals from Yemen to Somalia, in Puntland (14 Yemeni, 74 Somali and 1 Ethiopian) carrying a total of 89 individuals.
Of the new arrivals, 60 went to the Bossaso reception center and were registered by UNHCR in direct collaboration with local authorities and partners.
Yemen - IOM evacuation operations out of Yemen resumed this week (13 July) with the voluntary return of 150 Ethiopian vulnerable migrants from Hodeidah, western Yemen, back to Ethiopia via Obock port, Djibouti.
The group, which was comprised of 61 children (7 girls and 54 boys), most of whom were unaccompanied children and 83 females in total, included six medical cases and a pregnant woman.
Of the group, 117 of the migrants been detained in Hodeidah Central prison under very bad conditions, while others were stranded in Yemen for more than five months. Most suffered from various diseases - such as skin infections, diarrhea and urinary tract infections and they also suffered from low nutrition as a result of food shortages due to the crisis in Yemen.
The migrants were welcomed in Obock by an IOM team and officials from the Ethiopian Embassy, who provided temporary travel documents to enable them to enter Ethiopia. IOM Djibouti arranged their transportation to the Ethiopian borders where the IOM Ethiopia team provided onwards transportation to their final destinations. All unaccompanied minors received special assistance, including family tracing, organized jointly by IOM and UNICEF.
In response to a noticeable increase in smugglers preying on desperate migrants, IOM Yemen had created safe havens where migrants could receive care, shelter and counselling within the IOM Migrant Resource Centre.
IOM started operating in Yemen in 1994 when the organization assisted in evacuating migrants from Aden stranded during the civil war. The government of Yemen has been a Member State of IOM since 1999 and a first status agreement with the government was signed in 2001. IOM has worked closely with the Ministry of Expatriate Affairs on Yemeni migrant communities abroad and/or returning to Yemen.
In addition, IOM Yemen has been providing transportation assistance to migrants stranded in Yemen and victims of trafficking in conjunction with the Yemeni Immigration authorities.
Since the beginning of 2016, IOM Yemen has been providing emergency voluntary returns, in close cooperation and coordination with the relevant governments and IOM missions in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries.
The majority of the assisted cases have been Ethiopian nationals in addition to migrants from Niger, Nigeria and Sudan. The approximate number of migrants provided Assisted Voluntary return on 2016 to date is about 1,400. The operations had been halted for few months because of budget and other logistics constraints out of IOM control but resumed with this latest movement this week.
The evacuations will continue throughout 2016 and with IOM Yemen aiming to assist more than 2,000 migrants to return home safely.
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Since the beginning of the crisis, IOM has assisted over 73,000 IDPs in Abyan, Aden, Al Dhale’e, Hadhramaut, Hajjah, Lahj, Al Mahrah, Sa’adah, Shabwah, Socotra and Taizz governorates with shelter and non-food item support.
In June, 773 migrants living with foster families or hosted at IOM’s Migrant Response Points in Al Hudaydah and Sana’a received daily food assistance from IOM. Since March 2015, IOM has provided nearly 8,000 migrants in Aden, Al Hudaydah, and Sana’a with daily food assistance.
Between 1 and 30 June, 214 individuals arrived from Yemen in Bosaso and Berbera, Somalia. As of 30 June 2016, 32,619 individuals fleeing the conflict in Yemen have arrived in Somalia.
Peace talks continued in Kuwait throughout June 2016. The parties used the Eid holiday to return home for consultations and prepare for a new round of talks, which is scheduled to start in Kuwait on 15 July.
Despite the ongoing ceasefire, fighting continues. In late June, airstrikes were reported in Sana’a, Abyan, Shabwah, and Lahj. Main entrances leading to Taizz governorate remain blocked, preventing aid from entering the Taizz enclave in particular Salah, Mudhaffar, and Al Qahira districts.
The 9th Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM) Report was released on 31 May 2016. This report indicates an IDP population of over 2.8 million individuals, with a further 750,000 individuals identified as IDP returnees who were previously displaced due to conflict. The north western region of Yemen (Amanat Al Asimah, Hajjah, Sa’adah, Sana’a, and Taizz governorates) remains the area with the largest IDP population.
Facts & Figures
Close to 40 000 people fleeing the Yemen conflict have taken refuge in Djibouti
55% of arrivals are Yemeni. Others are mainly Somali, Eritrean & Ethiopian nationalsOther facts
74% of people live on less than $3 per day
Life expectancy: 58 years
6% of children under 5 are severely acutely malnourished
Sources: WFP, IOM UNICEF, UNHCR.European Commission Humanitarian Aid funding:
Total since 2012: over €6 million
2016: €1.5 millionKey messages
The priority of EU humanitarian aid in Djibouti is to provide life-saving assistance to refugees and look for durable solutions to their plight.
Djibouti hosts over 17 000 long-term refugees and asylum seekers mainly from Somalia* whose basic needs such as shelter, water and protection need to be catered for. Some 3 000 Yemeni refugees are still present in Djibouti following the 2015 crisis in Yemen.
Djibouti imports 95% of its food. The number of people at risk of hunger has increased since the 2011 drought, accelerating the rural exodus to urban areas. A combination of high food prices, water scarcity, climate change and reduced pasture has increased food insecurity. This year’s El Niño has led to even dryer weather.
Humanitarian funding from the European Commission provides refugees with access to clean water and sanitation as well as shelter, protection, nutrition and health care. Food assistance is given in the form of cash transfers as a way of promoting refugees’ self-reliance.
- Peace negotiations resume in Kuwait following two-week consultation phase.
- Fuel imports decrease in June, fulfill only 25 percent of monthly needs.
- Relief organizations continue to report security concerns, particularly in Aden and Ta’izz.
- UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and Yemeni delegates resumed Kuwait-based peace negotiations on July 16; the resumption follows a consultative period between July 1 and 15 that allowed delegations to meet with respective leaders and the UN Special Envoy to meet with key stakeholders.
- During the two-week pause, the UN Special Envoy convened meetings with Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and other government officials and stakeholders in Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen to discuss security, political, economic, and humanitarian issues and urge support for a comprehensive solution to the ongoing conflict. The UN Special Envoy reports the restarted peace talks will continue for two weeks, focusing on the consolidation of the cessation of hostilities (CoH) agreement, activation of the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC), the formation of the military committees that will supervise the withdrawal and handing over of weapons, and the opening of secure humanitarian assistance corridors.
- In June, Yemen imported only 25 percent of its monthly fuel requirement, a decrease from 30 percent in May, according to the Logistics Cluster—the coordinating body for humanitarian logistics activities, comprising UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders. Despite humanitarian constraints between late June and mid-July, including insecurity and insufficient fuel imports, relief organizations continued delivering assistance to populations in need across Yemen. In recent weeks, USAID/OFDA partners provided emergency health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance across seven governorates, and USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) reached more than 3.5 million people with general food distributions in June.
Life before displacement was already hard for the people of Yemen, with major underdevelopment, financial crisis, and poverty. The escalation of the conflict, over one year ago however has forced 2.1 million people to leave behind the one place where they found peace and calm: home.
IDPs staying in collective centres (private buildings, schools, hospitals, etc.) and spontaneous settlements often do not have the option of staying with host families/friends and often face extremely poor living conditions and lack of access to social services. Additionally those staying in schools are under a lot of pressure from the host community to vacate the buildings so educational activities can be resumed. Basic amenities, primary health care and other services and support are often lacking in collective centres. IDPs often cite the challenges as feeling unsafe, lack of privacy, limited representation of their needs, limited freedom of movement and harassment from other IDPs or the host community.
Spontaneous sites are often very basic forms of informal camps where families have been provided with emergency shelters or have constructed rudimentary shelters which are not durable enough to withstand longer periods of displacement, multiple displacements, and climatic conditions.
IDPs have limited access to clean water and appropriate sanitation. The sites can present safety concerns and land disputes which are not uncommon. Displaced families have reported that they often face harassment from the local communities with whom they share already scarce resources, including often limited water supply
Based on a request by the Government, the ILO, in collaboration with the Yemeni Central Statistical Organization (CSO), has conducted a rapid assessment survey to assess the impact of the crisis on employment in Sana'a, Aden and Al Hodeidah using samples extracted from the 2013–14 Labour Force Survey. The rapid assessment focuses specifically on (a) the impact of the crisis on employment status, (b) vulnerability profiles, and (c) the coping strategies of individuals and households.
The survey followed the same methodology as the original Labour Force Survey 2013–14, and used the same questionnaire so that the results could be compared. The questionnaire included some additional questions on school attendance, labour market participation, as well as employment in the informal sector. The questionnaire was administered to 704 households surveyed by the Labour Force Survey in the three governorates. Households that could notbe accessed (mainly because of security threats) were substituted with others of similar socio-demographic characteristics. The data were weighted, so as to provide valid estimates at the governorate level. Analyses of unemployment have generally been avoided, as they are of limited utility in view of the specific characteristics of the Yemeni labour market.
The Logistics Cluster is supporting the humanitarian community in Yemen with logistics coordination, information management and common logistics services to improve the overall response operation. Activated in 2010, the Logistics Cluster scaled up its activities since the deteriorationof the situationin mid-March 2015.
Coordination and Information Management (IM)
Logistics Cluster coordination meetings are held forthnighly in Sana’a, and regularly attended by key humanitarian actors active in the country to discuss logistics bottlenecks and develop common solutions for improved humanitarian response.
Fuel steering committee meetings are held on a monthly basis to determine fuel requirements, foresee any potential shortages in the local market in order to ensure continuity of humanitarian operations in Yemen.
During the reporting period the Logistics Cluster shared 37 information products including maps, situation reports, infographics, and real-time flash logistics updates, on the dedicated Yemen Logistics Cluster webpage: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/yem10a
A joint statement from the Governments of the UK, USA, Saudi Arabia and UAE following a meeting about the situation in Yemen
The Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, USA, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates met on 19 July in London to review the situation in Yemen, following the resumption of UN led-peace talks in Kuwait on 16 July.
The Ministers expressed their concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen and reiterated their strong support for the UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and for the role of the UN in mediating a lasting political solution to the crisis, based on the agreed references for the UN talks, namely the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including Resolution 2216, the GCC initiative and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.
The Ministers expressed their strong appreciation to Kuwait for hosting the talks and providing political support to the UN Special Envoy.
The Ministers stressed that now was the time to reach an agreement in Kuwait.
The Ministers discussed the sequencing of a potential agreement and affirmed that a successful resolution would include arrangements that would require the withdrawal of armed groups from the capital and other areas, and a political agreement that would allow for the resumption of a peaceful, inclusive political transition.
The Ministers agreed that the conflict in Yemen should not threaten Yemen’s neighbours and reaffirmed that the re-establishment of an inclusive government was the only means to combat effectively terrorist groups like Al-Qaida and Da’esh and to address successfully the humanitarian and economic crisis. Ministers also called for the unconditional and immediate release of all political prisoners.
The Ministers agreed to remain in close touch over the coming weeks to support UN-led efforts to reach an agreement.