The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and its impact on innocent civilians. More than 1,200 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in the past six weeks. There are credible reports of families in Aden trapped by the bombardment and snipers targeting civilians in the street. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, humanitarian warehouses and UN compounds, are unacceptable and in violation of international humanitarian law. Continue reading
One of the poorest countries in the Middle East, Yemen has been experiencing a humanitarian crisis fuelled by conflict and widespread insecurity, large-scale displacement, civil strife, political instability, chronic food shortages, a breakdown of social services, endemic poverty and refugee influxes. The situation has been rapidly deteriorating since Continue reading
Amid the crisis in Yemen, the ongoing situation in Syria and other urgent threats to peace and security, the Jordanian presidency of the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, holding three open debates and hearing top officials brief on pressing matters. During the coming weeks, the 15-member body was scheduled to focus on some of Continue reading
Humanitarian partners urgently require security guarantees to ensure life-saving supplies can enter Yemen. Security guarantees and logistical support – mainly fuel – are also essential in order to safely deliver supplies and maintain services to affected areas. More supplies to support health, water and sanitation, food, shelter and non-food items (NFIs) are urgently needed. Partners retain operational capacity in most locations but are severely constrained by lack of security and difficulties in importing and distributing supplies. On 10 April, two planes with relief supplies had arrived by mid-day. Several additional planes are awaiting authorization to travel. Continue reading
Airstrikes targeted Sana’a City and various districts in Sana’a Governorate, Al Dhale’e, Hajjah, Sa’ada, Taizz, Ibb, Aden, Al Jawf, Marib and Al Hudaydah on 7 April. In Aden, the airstrikes hit two warehouses reportedly used by parties to the conflict to store food and weapons near Al Razi hospital. Confrontations were reported near Aden International Airport and Badr Military Camp. In Shabwah, armed clashes resumed on 7 April between Houthis and tribes, but basic services are functioning. Food and fuel are available. In Sa’ada, services at 11 health facilities were suspended due to close proximity to areas that were targeted by airstrikes. Parties to the conflict have an obligation, under international humanitarian law and Geneva Conventions, to protect civilians and civilian infrastructrure. Continue reading
Remarks by Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at a Brookings Institution function on 15 July, in Washington, USA.