UN / HODEIDAH HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

05-Nov-2018 00:01:18
The United Nations reported it has provided humanitarian aid to almost all 570,000 displaced people in Yemen’s Hodeidah Governorate, while the conflict escalated “significantly around Hodeidah City over the weekend.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / HODEIDAH HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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DATELINE: 5 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY /FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

5 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson at the podium
3. Cutaway, reporters
4. Soundbite (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Our humanitarian colleagues inform us that conflict has escalated significantly around Hodeidah City over the weekend, including increased clashes and air strikes as well as artillery shelling. Affected areas are primarily on the southern and eastern outskirts of Hodeidah. Escalating conflict has also been reported in Sa’ada and Al Bayda Governorates. Humanitarian agencies have not observed large-scale displacement from Hodeidah over the last few days, with a few families having reportedly been displaced. Conflict has mostly remained on the outskirts of town, but large-scale displacement could quickly occur if the fighting moves deeper into the city.”
5. Cutaway, reporters
6. Soundbite (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Since 1 June, more than 570,000 people have been displaced by conflict across Hodeidah Governorate; the UN and its humanitarian partners have reached nearly all these people with emergency relief packages. Hodeidah’s port remains operational, and Yemen depends on imports for 90 percent of its staple food and nearly all food and fuel. Most imports enter through Hodeidah or Saleef ports.”
7. Various shots, press room
STORYLINE
The United Nations reported it has provided humanitarian aid to almost all 570,000 displaced people in Yemen’s Hodeidah Governorate, while the conflict escalated “significantly around Hodeidah City over the weekend.”

Briefing reporters in New York today (5 Nov), a United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said “our humanitarian colleagues inform us that conflict has escalated significantly around Hodeidah City over the weekend, including increased clashes and air strikes as well as artillery shelling.”

Reportedly, the fighting happened mostly on the southern and eastern outskirts of the city. Dujarric said “escalating conflict has also been reported in Sa’ada and Al Bayda Governorates.”

Humanitarians however, “have not observed large-scale displacement from Hodeidah over the last few days, with a few families having reportedly been displaced” said Dujarric, cautioning that “large-scale displacement could quickly occur if the fighting moves deeper into the city.”

He also said that “since 1 June, more than 570,000 people have been displaced by conflict across Hodeidah Governorate; the UN and its humanitarian partners have reached nearly all these people with emergency relief packages.”

Keeping the city’s port open is of huge importance, since nearly all food and fuel that Yermen imports, as well as the humanitarian aid, comes through the port cities of Hodeidah and Saleef.
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