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Yemen: UN Humanitarian Coordinator condemns hospital attack

18 Mar 2020

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UN humanitarian workers at a site for internally displaced people in Mokha, Taizz, Yemen. Credit: OCHA

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, has today in a statement condemned continued attacks against health facilities in Taizz that are threatening services for hundreds of thousands of people.

Preliminary reports indicate that on 13 March, missiles hit two buildings at Al-Thawra General Hospital, which serves hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in Taizz City.

“It’s appalling that attacks on hospitals and health facilities are occurring,” said Ms. Grande. “This is the second attack on Al-Thawra Hospital in less than ten days.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners have documented 142 attacks on hospitals and other medical facilities across Yemen since the beginning of the war in 2015. Less than 50 per cent of health facilities across Yemen are currently functioning at capacity and those that are operational lack specialists, equipment and medicines.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with nearly 80 per cent of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. Ten million people are a step away from famine and 7 million people are malnourished.

The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan aims to help 20.1 million people, which would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Urgent funding has enabled UN agencies to scale up its work in averting famine, supporting protection and treating cholera, among other life-saving activities.

In 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia provided a generous grant of US$500 million for humanitarian action carried out by UN agencies. This funding has enabled UN agencies to scale up its work in averting famine, supporting protection and treating cholera, among other life-saving activities. So far, it has supported 4.6 million vulnerable people, and this number is set to rise.