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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

17 Sep 2020

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A family at a site for internally displaced people in Al-Dhale’e Governorate, Yemen, 23 February 2020. Credit: Mahmoud Fadel-YPN for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 17 September 2020

Yemen: Suspension of Sana’a airport

On 7 September, authorities in Sana’a announced the suspension of all operations at the international airport from 9 September due to what they described as insufficient fuel reserves to provide air navigation services.

The suspension of the Sana’a airport has delayed the arrival of critical medical supplies, such as 100 metric tons of COVID-19 response equipment and more than 2 million doses of the polio vaccine scheduled to arrive early this month. Activities related to these supplies have been disrupted, putting the lives of those who urgently need them in danger.

The suspension of operations at the Sana’a international airport has also severely impacted the rotation and deployment of international humanitarian personnel, including COVID-19 specialists. Over the next four weeks alone, about 100 humanitarian staff providing critical life-saving assistance to the Yemeni people will be unable to enter the country.

While the UN and its partners have been in discussions with authorities, an urgent solution is required to ensure that Sana’a airport reopens for humanitarian operations.