Yemen: Continued fighting displaces thousands across the country
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||29 July 2011|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Yemen: Continued fighting displaces thousands across the country, 29 July 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e38e4982.html [accessed 7 March 2014]|
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The raging conflict in Yemen has displaced over 100,000 people in the last several months. Hundreds of people have been killed or injured in almost five months of civil unrest which has dragged the country to the brink of civil war.
In southern Yemen continued fighting has displaced approximately 91,000 IDPs in the governorates of Aden, Lahj, and Abyan. In Aden, about 20,000 IDPs have found refuge in schools, while 42,000 IDPs are living with host families. An additional 16,000 IDPs are located in Aden and close to 13,400 IDPs are in Abyan. There have been further displacements in other areas in the south, notably in Taiz where close to 160 families have fled due to sporadic fighting between security forces and anti-government demonstrators. While in northern and central Yemen up to 2,000 families have been displaced due to significant fighting in Arhab, north of Sana'a city, 200 to 500 families in Al Jawf were also displaced after renewed fighting.
Though humanitarian access in Sa'ada has reportedly improved, access and security challenges in Arhab, Al-Jawf and Abyan governorates continue to hamper provision of humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian agencies have underlined the lack of safe and sufficient access to basic commodities such as food, drinking water and shelter. Services such as primary healthcare and sanitation remain erratic, as the ongoing fuel crisis is increasing supply costs for the delivery of assistance.