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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

12 Jan 2021


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

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 12 January 2021


The UN is extremely concerned about the potential impact of the United States designation of the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, particularly the risk of famine. 

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.

The situation on the ground continues to worsen, as 50,000 Yemenis are already living in famine-like conditions, with 5 million more just one step away.

Preventing famine remains the top priority right now. To do so, we need to increase humanitarian funding, support the economy through foreign-exchange injections, and push for an end to the violence.

By the end of last year, Yemen’s 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan had only received 50 per cent (US$1.70 billion) of the $3.38 billion needed for the aid operation. That is less than half of what was received last year.