Via ReliefWeb, OCHA reports: Yemen: Escalating Conflict Flash Update 12 | 15 April 2015. Click through to download the PDF. Excerpt from the summary:
Preliminary findings of rapid needs assessments in Hajjah and Aden indicate that recent conflict has significantly exacerbated humanitarian needs. In Hajjah Governorate, needs are spread across virtually the entire population and revolve around basic life-saving and protection requirements. Priority needs include food, water and sanitation, and shelter. In Aden, the top three priorities are safety, food, and water and sanitation. The detailed findings from both assessments are being analyzed and will be shared by close of the week.
The latest casualty reports from WHO show that 731 people were killed and 2,754 injured in escalating violence from 19 March to 12 April 2015. All parties to conflict are bound by international humanitarian law to do everything in their power to protect civilians.
A total of 1,260 people fleeing conflict in Yemen have arrived in Djibouti and Somalia over the past two weeks, according to UNHCR. Most arrivals in Djibouti are Yemenis. UNHCR and partners are making contingency plans to receive up to 30,000 refugees in Djibouti and 100,000 in Somalia over the next six months.
OHCHR has received and documented reports of the impact of theYemen conflict on civilians and infrastructure. As a result, the organization is urging all parties to ensure that attacks resulting in civilian casualties are promptly investigated and that international human rights and international humanitarian law are scrupulously respected. According to OHCHR, eight hospitals have been hit in Sana’a, Sa’ada, Al Dhale'e and Aden. Also hit are17 schools and educational institutions in Aden, Al Dhale’e, Hajjah, Ibb and Sana’a; the three main national airports in Sana’a, Aden and Al Hudaydah, and the main power station in Sa’ada; bridges, factories, farmlands and five mosques in Al Dhale’e and Sa’ada.
Access and humanitarian response
The suspension of commercial flights to Yemen continues to limit access for international humanitarian staff in and out of the country, according to the Logistics Cluster. Yemen airspace remains closed and regional airspace is limited for air movements into Yemen. Operations at sea ports too are restricted. Shipping vessels are not allowed into Yemen unless inspected and approved. On 13 April, the world’s largest shipping association advised vessels to transit the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea outside Yemeni territorial waters.
Two humanitarian flights landed in Sana’a on 14 April. One flight chartered by IOM evacuated 148 stranded third country nationals from 13 countries to Khartoum, Sudan. On 12 April, another flight evacuated 143 people. IOM has received requests from 38 countries to evacuate their nationals and believes that up to 16,000 are stranded in Yemen.
The other flight, which arrived on 14 April, delivered nearly 92 tonnes of nutrition, health and water and sanitation supplies for UNICEF to Sana’a. This was the second UNICEF flight this week.