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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

16 Feb 2021

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

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 16 February 2021

Yemen

Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock yesterday expressed his alarm regarding intensifying hostilities in Marib, Yemen.

The fighting is threatening to trigger a new wave of displacement and heighten already dire levels of humanitarian need. Before this escalation, there were already about 1 million internally displaced people in Marib.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and is at risk of slipping into large-scale famine. Now is the time to de-escalate the violence in Marib and everywhere else – not to add to people’s suffering.

Humanitarian partners are continuing to provide assistance in Marib. Over the past several weeks, this has included more than 6 million litres of safe drinking water, as well as emergency shelter kits, non-food items and family tents.

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen received only 56 per cent of the required funding. Donors must scale up their support and pledge generously at the upcoming High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen on 1 March.