Humanitarian pause in Yemen to deliver aid to millions in need

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In early April 2015, an air strike hit a military site on Faj Attan Mountain, high above Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, causing fire and a large plume of smoke. Photo: UNICEF/ Mohammed Hamoud

Warring parties in Yemen are being asked by the UN Secretary-General to help prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in their country.

Ban Ki-moon said he looks forward to all sides committing to an unconditional humanitarian pause beginning this weekend which will allow aid agencies to reach millions of people on the brink of famine.

The pause involves ensuring full and unhindered access to all parts of the country, including through sea and airports.

Dianne Penn reports.

The humanitarian pause will begin just before midnight on Friday, 10 July and will go through the end of Ramadan one week later.

Yemen is among the world's most pressing humanitarian emergencies, with 80 per cent of the population—21 million people—in need.

During the break in hostilities, UN agencies and their partners will deliver essential medicines, vaccinations, food and water. 

They also plan to stockpile supplies throughout the country, including food for over one million people for a month.

The UN Secretary-General said it is imperative that humanitarian aid can reach all vulnerable people.

 Mr Ban thanked President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi who has communicated his acceptance of the hiatus in fighting to the Coalition to ensure their support and collaboration.

He said the UN Envoy for Yemen has also received assurances from the rebels, the General People's Congress and other parties that the pause will be fully respected.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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