GENEVA / YEMEN HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

09-Nov-2018 00:01:55
United Nations reported today that “fierce clashes, airstrikes and shelling have inflicted scores of civilian casualties” in the Yemen’s Hodeidah governorate, killing 94 civilians and injuring 95 in October alone. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / YEMEN HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 NOVEMBER 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations.
2. Med shot, United Nations press room.
3. Close up, hands typing on laptop with UN microphone.
4. Close up shot, journalists.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Yes, we are more or less confident that we can still import the food that we want. Obviously, the port needs to stay open. Today we have enough stock in the country, for you know, in the country, for the urgent need for this month and next month. But for the future, with the, of course, the plans we have to reach many more millions of people, we will need more access, more facilities.”
6. Med shot, podium.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Shabia Mantoo from UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Fierce clashes, airstrikes and shelling have inflicted scores of civilian casualties. In October alone, 94 civilians were killed and 95 were injured in the governorate.”
8. Close up, journalist.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Whatever the military situation is in and around the city, it is crucial that all parties involved - all parties involved - leave the port functioning without any delay, avoid those delays and eventual future closure of the port.”
10. Close-up shot, laptops, microphones, hands typing.
11. Close up, journalist with glasses.
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“A doctor told us that usually there are 2,000, 2,500 patients every day that go to the hospital. He didn’t tell me clearly how many are coming now, but he told me that there is, the number of patients that come to this Al-Thawra hospital, has reduced significantly.”
13. Close up, journalist.
14. Close up, TV camera.
15. Med shot, podium.
16. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
Efforts are being made to step up life-saving aid from eight million to 14 million stricken Yemenis a month, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, before urging warring parties to spare the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

The UN relief agency made the appeal amid a renewed spike of fighting around Hodeidah city and its port, which receives up to 70 per cent of the country’s aid.

In Geneva, WFP spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said that Yemen risked becoming a country of “living ghosts” unless the fighting ceased, in reference to Government forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi opposition militia, who have clashed since March 2015.

“We are more-or-less confident that we can still import the food that we want,” Verhoosel said. “Obviously, the port needs to stay open. Today we have enough stock in the country for the urgent need for this month and next month. But for the future, (with) the plans we have to reach many more millions of people, we will need more access.”

Yemen is already the largest hunger crisis in the world, with millions of people living on the edge of famine in one of the poorest countries on the planet, the UN has warned repeatedly.

The decision to try to almost double food aid to the country comes ahead of the release of new data - on the scale of food insecurity, known as an Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) assessment.

The last IPC report in Yemen - from March 2017 – found that an estimated 6.8 million people faced emergency levels of food insecurity and were close to famine.

That number “could rise to 12 or even 14 million people”, Verhoosel told journalists, noting that “intense” fighting in and around Hudaydah in the west of the country has caused “major delays” in the delivery of humanitarian and commercial cargo.

“Whatever the military situation is in and around the city, it is crucial that all parties involved … leave the port functioning without any delay, avoid those delays and (the) eventual future closure of the port,” Verhoosel said.

Echoing that message, Shabia Mantoo from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that since June, the violence had forced 445,000 people to flee from Hodeidah Governorate.

“Fierce clashes, airstrikes and shelling have inflicted scores of civilian casualties,” she said. “In October alone, 94 civilians were killed and 95 were injured in the governorate.”

The number of those remaining in Hodeidah City is difficult to assess, according to UNHCR, which is worried that people may be trapped by military operations, “which are increasingly confining populations and cutting off exit routes”.

In a worrying development, the main road inland serving the capital, Sana’a, has been closed, “choking” aid operations and commercial markets for the governorate and its surrounding regions, the UNHCR spokesperson said.

Amid unconfirmed reports that Houthi opposition militia have taken up defensive positions at a hospital in Hodeidah, UNICEF indicated that fewer people were now seeking help from medical facilities.

“A doctor told us that usually there are 2,000, 2,500 patients every day that go to the hospital,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said. “He didn’t tell me clearly how many are coming now, but he told me that there is, the number of patients that come to this Al-Thawra hospital, has reduced significantly.”

The UNICEF spokesperson added that children remained particularly at risk Hodeidah and neighbouring governates account for 40 per cent of the 400,000 children in Yemen who suffer from severe acute malnutrition.
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