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Yemen: Violence

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 284713, tabled on 2 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of the recent escalation of violence in Aden.

Answered on

9 September 2019

The UK is monitoring the humanitarian impact felt in the south of Yemen.

The UN has so far verified 13 civilian deaths and 70 civilian injuries since fighting escalated and has reported over 1,600 families and 1,000 individuals have been displaced to northern governates in August.

Major overland routes in the south have closed and a backlog of 15,000 containers in Aden port waiting to be processed. This is affecting the delivery of commercial goods and humanitarian services, including challenges for UN agencies transferring goods between Aden and the north.

The UK regularly raises humanitarian concerns with all parties to the conflict, calling on them to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2451 and facilitate safe, rapid, and unhindered access for humanitarian and commercial supplies, including through Aden Port.