Yemen: UN warns of humanitarian crisis as clashes continue across country
|Publisher||Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)|
|Publication Date||31 March 2011|
|Cite as||Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Yemen: UN warns of humanitarian crisis as clashes continue across country, 31 March 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4d957b9b2.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
The UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator has voiced serious concerns about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and reported that the recent fighting and insecurity has affected displaced people who have still not recovered from earlier conflict. Humanitarian agencies lack the capacity to respond, particularly as rising insecurity has caused some to leave affected areas. At least 14 international organisations have expressed concern about deteriorating respect for human rights in Yemen, and urged the Human Rights Council to hold a special session on Yemen.
Yemen faces continued crisis as protests against the government continue in Sa'ana. In the northern governorate of Sa'ada, Houthi rebels have seized control of the whole governorate following clashes with local tribes, while in neighbouring Jawf, fighting between pro- and anti-government tribes has taken place.
Violent incidents and clashes between tribes, militants and government forces were also witnessed in the southern, central and eastern provinces of Shabwa, Abyan, Jaar, Mareb, and Hadramout. In Shabwa, militants associated with the Southern Movement have taken control of four major districts. In Abyan violent clashes have been witnessed between Yemeni Republican Guards and armed rebels, while Al Qaeda in the Southern Peninsula has allegedly taken control of several districts in Abyan and announced an Islamic emirate. In the southern port city of Aden, insecurity persists with armed forces attempting to stifle growing unrest. The city is divided by a series of road blocks, and curfews are in place. The government's violent repression of protests in Aden was condemned by human rights NGOs.
See also: IDMC Yemen country page