Yemen: Escalating Conflict, OCHA SitRep #2
Extremely heavy clashes were reported in Aden over the last 24 hours. On Friday, fighting was reportedly continuing in Maala District as of mid-day. Overnight and into 3 April, air strikes were also reported in parts of Sana’a, Sa’ada and Taizz, Marib, Hudaydah and Aden Governorates. To date, 14 of Yemen’s 22 Governorates have been affected.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), violence has killed 550 people and injured 1,746 – including many civilians – since 19 March. Casualty reports are often underestimates of true number of casualties, as people may not have the means to seek treatment in hospitals, and families may bury their dead before reports are collected. Displacement is also rising. Overall displacement estimates could not be verified.
Conflict is affecting civilian infrastructure and facilities. In the last 24 hours, partners reported the occupation of two health facilities and five schools by parties to the conflict. In Aden, six ambulances have also reportedly been seized by parties to conflict – four of which were then used in hostilities. Four health workers – two ambulance drivers and two volunteers – were killed in these incidents.
Immediate humanitarian needs continue to be mass casualty management, protection and WASH services. Needs for shelter, non-food items (NFIs) and food are also intensifying, particularly for vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs). Food prices are reportedly increasing rapidly in some areas, particularly in the south. In the south, reported fuel shortages are threatening people’s access to water. An agreement from the Aden Oil Refinery to supply diesel and fuel to hospitals will could ease concerns about services in those facilities. Access remains severely constrained by ongoing clashes in the south and the unpredictability of air strikes in the north. Difficulties bringing critical relief supplies into Yemen are hampering humanitarian operations.