Yemen: Joint INGO Proactive on the Escalation of Violence on Hodeidah:
Jun 11, 2018
INGOs in Yemen warn of possible catastrophic consequences of any further escalation of violence around the port city Hodeidah. According to credible reports, a possible attack of the city has never been as imminent as this time, given developments on the ground over recent weeks.
If an attack does take place, casualties on all sides will be high with a likely catastrophic impact on the civilian population. Large parts of the Yemeni population will be at risk of entrapment, displacement, disease and worsening food insecurity, including possible famine. Food imports have already reached the lowest levels since the conflict started and the price of basic commodities has risen by a third. Seventeen million people in Yemen are already food insecure, and Hodeidah governorate is already classified as being in crisis. People’s coping mechanisms are nearly exhausted. We are gravely concerned that in the absence of commercial imports in case of an attack on the port for any length of time, parts of the population could experience food insecurity levels equivalent to famine.
We share the concerns of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande that “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything— even their lives,” if there is a military attack on Hodeidah port.
In order to prevent high numbers of civilian casualties, mass displacement, possible famine-like conditions, as well as the breakdown of current efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to set up new peace talks, we urge all parties to the conflict to refrain from any further military activities in and around Hodeidah city and the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef, which provide a lifeline to around two thirds of the Yemeni population.
We call on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease violence, keep the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef open and fully functional, and uphold their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to protect the civilian population from the worst impacts of the violence.
|Action contra la Faim||ACTED|
|Danish Refugee Council||Global Communities|
|Handicap International||International Medical Corps|
|Intersos||International Rescue Committee|
|Islamic Relief||Mercy Corps|
|NRC||Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale|
|Relief International||Save the Children|
|Solidarités International||War Child UK|
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 Yemen IPC Analysis, March-July 2017, https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-ipc-analysis-summary-findings-acute-food-insecurity-current-situation-overview-0
 According to latest FewsNet statement from May 2018 https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20-%20Key%20Message%20Update_%20Thu%2C%202018-05-31.pdf
 Reuters, “U.N. says assault on Yemeni port could cost 250,000 civilian lives”, 8 June 2018, https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-yemen-security/u-n-says-assault-on-yemens-hodeidah-port-could-cost-250000-lives-idUKKCN1J40ZI?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews