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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo - Yemen

11 Jun 2021

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A site for internally displaced people in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 2020. © OCHA/Ivo Brandau

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 11 June 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, David McLachlan-Karr, issued a press statement yesterday strongly condemning the attack of 7 June on the Boga General Referral Hospital in Irumu territory, Ituri Province. 

The attack took place in the context of clashes that left at least 10 people dead on the same day. It resulted in the destruction and looting of the hospital, which serves more than 80,000 people in the health zone.

Since the beginning of the year, health authorities have documented at least four attacks on medical facilities in Boga health zone alone, including the destruction and looting of health centres, as well as the abduction of health workers.

The attack on the hospital is part of a recent series of serious incidents affecting civilians and humanitarian organizations in Ituri Province. On 31 May, attacks in the towns of Boga and Chiabi killed at least 55 people. A few days earlier, the premises of an international NGO in Drodro, Djugu territory, were destroyed. 

Ituri Province hosts 1.65 million internally displaced people. Some 2.8 million people (half the Ituri population) are severely food insecure, including 810,000 people in IPC Phase 4 (emergency).

Yemen

The UN is deeply concerned by yesterday’s missile and drone attack in Marib City, which reportedly caused dozens of civilian casualties. It also occurred close to the compounds in Marib City where humanitarian workers are housed.

This incident follows an attack on a fuel station over the weekend in Marib City, which also caused casualties.

Yesterday’s attack reinforces yet again how civilians in Yemen are bearing the brunt in this conflict. The United Nations urges the parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law, including ensuring the protection of civilians, aid workers and civilian infrastructure.

Six years of conflict in Yemen has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. More than 20 million people (two thirds of the population) rely on humanitarian assistance, and the country is at risk of slipping into famine. What Yemenis need right now is peace – not further escalations to their suffering.

The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is currently 43 per cent funded, with US$1.65 billion having been received out of the total $3.85 billion requirement.