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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Yemen

15 Oct 2021

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 15 October 2021

Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, the United Nations is greatly concerned about the humanitarian situation in the north of the country, where we are receiving reports of an intensification of the conflict in multiple locations.

Despite the extremely challenging circumstances, aid workers continue to deliver life-saving assistance to people across the three northern provinces.

In Tigray, where more than 90 per cent of the population needs aid, and an estimated 400,000 people are living in famine-like conditions, aid operations continue to face significant challenges. Although over 200 trucks of humanitarian supplies arrived in Tigray last week, far more are needed, and the convoys did not receive clearance to carry much-needed fuel or medicine.

Lack of cash, fuel and supplies is disrupting the response in multiple locations. Last week, partners were only able to reach 17 per cent of the people who should have received food assistance (145,000 out of 870,000), and water trucking services in Central and North-western zones have been reduced, affecting more than 472,000 people.

We are particularly concerned that much-needed medical supplies continue to be blocked from entering Tigray: nine trucks carrying medicines have been awaiting approval to proceed into Tigray since the beginning of August.

In Amhara and Afar, we continue to scale-up our operations to ensure that people affected by fighting receive the aid they require. Since the beginning of August, 640,000 people in Amhara and 72,000 people in Afar have received food assistance.

We again renew our call on all parties to the conflict to halt the fighting and ensure that aid workers are able to reach all people in dire need.
 

Yemen

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, David Gressly, has issued a statement on the recent escalation of fighting in the country.

Mr. Gressly is deeply concerned about the security situation particularly in the Al Abdiyah District in Marib Governorate – that is about 100 kilometres east of Sana’a – where movement in and out of the district is severely restricted for about 35,000 people, including nearly 17,000 extremely vulnerable people who had found refuge there after fleeing the conflict in neighbouring areas.

This inability to move in and out has limited the delivery of aid and prevented people who are sick and wounded from receiving medical care. The provision of basic commodities has become exceedingly difficult and dangerous.

The Humanitarian Coordinator calls on all parties involved in the fighting to agree to a cessation of hostilities for Al Abdiyah District to allow for the safe passage of civilians and aid workers, and for the evacuation of all of those wounded in the fighting.

The United Nations and its partners remain committed to working with all relevant authorities to ensure that assistance continues to reach people in need despite the ongoing clashes.

Across Yemen, 235 civilians were killed or injured last month, according to preliminary information – that is almost eight people every day, and the second-highest monthly casualty figure in two years.

More than 20 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection in Yemen, including 12 million people in acute need. Aid agencies are now helping nearly 13 million people across the country.