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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

20 Nov 2020

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Children receive malnutrition screening at the Dar Sa’ad health centre in Aden, Yemen (2018). Credit: Federica D'Andreagiovanni

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 20 November 2020

Yemen

In a statement issued today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, has urged authorities to identify and swiftly bring the perpetrators of an attack on a mobile medical clinic, run by the Emirates Red Crescent, in Taizz Governorate to justice.

The attack took place on 17 November when unidentified armed men attacked the mobile clinic where staff were providing medical services to residents of Al-Mashqar Village. Bullets penetrated the vehicle while staff were inside.

“Attacking those of us who are helping people survive is a shocking breach of international humanitarian law,” Humanitarian Coordinator Grande said.

Yemen is one of the most dangerous and non-permissive operating environments in the world.

Humanitarian staff continue to face detention and harassment, and their visas are arbitrarily refused or withdrawn. Humanitarian agencies are subjected to ongoing multiple administrative restrictions and impediments. Up to 9 million people who need assistance have been denied it because of these challenges.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of the population – more than 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. By mid-November only US$1.58 billion of the US$3.2 billion needed in 2020 had been received.