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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

04 Mar 2021


© OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 4 March 2021


Significant displacement is reported in Marib Governorate, especially in Sirwah District, as fighting has continued along several front lines in recent days, with escalating military engagement since January.

More than 14,000 people have been displaced so far. Aid agencies are warning that as many as 385,000 people could be forced to flee as a result of the offensive – many of them to crowded displacement sites where services are already stretched.

The UN and partners continue to respond and have reached more than 11,000 people with food baskets, emergency shelter kits and other forms of urgent lifesaving assistance. Partners are also preparing to respond to additional humanitarian needs should the situation deteriorate further.

One of the greatest challenges to scaling up humanitarian response across Yemen is lack of funding. Earlier this week, donors pledged US$1.7 billion to support the humanitarian response in 2021 – less than half of what is required ($3.85 billion).

As noted by the Secretary-General, the UN urges donors to quickly disburse their pledges and to make additional commitments.

The UN also calls for an immediate end to the hostilities in Marib to avoid a further deterioration. More than 20 million people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance, including millions who are at the brink of starvation. In Marib alone, almost 200,000 children under 5 are acutely malnourished.