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Yemen: The return of full-scale hostilities drives humanitarian needs further

12 Aug 2016

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The humanitarian community remains deeply alarmed by the intensification of violence across Yemen, where children and women are reportedly being killed and maimed.

The humanitarian community remains deeply alarmed by the intensification of violence across Yemen, where children and women are reportedly being killed and maimed. Ground fighting and air strikes, particularly in Sana’a city and the Governorates of Sana’a, Sa’ada, Taizz, and Al Hudaydah, have destroyed homes, factories, and markets.

Sana’a, Yemen: Many homes have been destroyed and a number of civilian deaths and injuries reported as a result of ground fighting and air strikes. Credit: OCHA/Charlotte Cans.

As a result of the inability of the parties to find a political solution to a conflict that has been raging for more than a year and a half, the people of Yemen continue to bear the brunt of the suffering. Humanitarians have been called on, once again, to fill the gap in the provision of basic social services, increasing the need for greater resources from the international community.

In parts of the country, such as Al-Sarari Village, there are no medical facilities. Due to the likelihood of conflict-inflicted causalities, the most pressing concern is to deploy a medical team and supplies and to evacuate the wounded.

Foot Village, Yemen: Children sitting by the medicine cabinet at the home clinic in Foot Village of Sa’ada Governorate. The clinic is the main source of basic health services for the 3,000 people in the village. Credit: Afif Abu Aser/OCHA.

The humanitarian community is demanding that the parties to the conflict take all necessary actions to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in their conduct of hostilities. It is also demanding that the parties facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need as well as the voluntary movement of civilians to reach humanitarian assistance.

Sana’a, Yemen: Houses destroyed by airstrikes. Credit: OCHA/Charlotte Cans.