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Yemen: UN Humanitarian Coordinator condemns attack on civilians

17 Jun 2020

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Food distribution at Kharaz Camp, Lahj, Yemen, 2 April 2020. Credit: OCHA/Mahmoud Fadel

In a statement issued yesterday, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, expressed her condolences to the families of civilians killed in the attack on 15 June on a vehicle in Shaada District, Sa’ada Governorate, in the north of Yemen.

Initial field reports indicate that at least 12 civilians, including 4 children, lost their lives.

Fighting has continued in Yemen despite the UN Secretary-General’s call in March for a global ceasefire.

More than 800 civilian casualties have been reported due to fighting since January, with several incidents involving multiple civilian casualties recorded since the end of May.

In addition, Ms. Grande warned that humanitarian funding is running out, leaving millions of people who depend on the food aid and the health services that the UN provides hanging by a thread.

Since mid-April, 31 of 41 critical UN programmes have reduced or closed down their activities due to lack of funding.

A funding deficit of more than US$1 billion remains, following the 2 June High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen when donors pledged $1.35 billion, out of the $2.41 billion needed for essential humanitarian activities through the year.

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of the population requires some form of humanitarian aid and protection.