UN / YEMEN UPDATE

27-Apr-2021 00:02:12
The UN humanitarian office (OCHA) reported that fierce fighting continued in Yemen’s Marib governorate, with nearly 20,000 people displaced by violence in the region since early February, and dozens of civilians killed or injured, according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN UPDATE
TRT: 2:12
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

27 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, journalists in press room
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, concluded a two-day visit to Egypt on Monday. He met there with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmad Abu Al Gheit, as well as a number of representatives of Yemeni political parties, tribal sheikhs, women, civil society and journalists. Mr. Griffiths also met virtually with the Yemeni Speaker of Parliament, Sultan Barakani. The Special Envoy briefed the Egyptian Foreign Minister and the Secretary-General of the Arab League about ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, alleviate the humanitarian situation and revive an inclusive political process to resolve the conflict. In his meetings with representatives of Yemeni civil society, women, political parties and journalists, Mr. Griffiths stressed the need for the attack on Ma’rib to stop. He warned of the dire humanitarian consequences of the continued attack, and the risks to the prospects of the peace process. Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs reports that fierce fighting continues in Yemen’s Marib governorate. Nearly 20,000 people have been displaced by violence in the region since early February, and dozens of civilians have been killed or injured. Humanitarian organizations are on the ground responding to these growing humanitarian needs. Today, the UN started regular Humanitarian Air Service flights to Marib. This will cut the journey down to two hours from seven and will help the humanitarian community to deliver quickly much-needed assistance. Over recent weeks, hostilities have also escalated in other parts of Yemen, causing devastating loss of life and hardship for Yemenis, many of whom are on the brink of starvation. We continue to call for a nationwide ceasefire. The UN and partners also urgently need more support to sustain the lifesaving response in Marib and across Yemen. The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan is currently 34 per cent funded, with 1.32 billion USD received out of 3.85 billion USD required.”
5. Wide shot, Haq on screen in press room
STORYLINE
The UN humanitarian office (OCHA) reported that fierce fighting continued in Yemen’s Marib governorate, with nearly 20,000 people displaced by violence in the region since early February, and dozens of civilians killed or injured, according to a spokesperson.

Speaking virtually to reporters in New York today (27 Apr), UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said humanitarian on the ground are responding to the “growing humanitarian needs.” He said the UN started regular Humanitarian Air Service flights to Marib today while would assistance delivery time from seven to two hours and would help the humanitarian community to deliver quickly much-needed assistance.

The UN spokesperson said, “Over recent weeks, hostilities have also escalated in other parts of Yemen, causing devastating loss of life and hardship for Yemenis, many of whom are on the brink of starvation. We continue to call for a nationwide ceasefire.”

Haq added that the UN and its partners are also in urgent need of funding for their response in Marib and across Yemen. Currently, the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan is 34 per cent funded, with “1.32 billion USD received out of 3.85 billion USD required.”

Haq also told reporters that UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, concluded a two-day visit to Egypt on Monday. He met there with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmad Abu Al Gheit, as well as a number of representatives of Yemeni political parties, tribal sheikhs, women, civil society and journalists. Griffiths also met virtually with the Yemeni Speaker of Parliament, Sultan Barakani.

Haq said the Special Envoy briefed the Egyptian Foreign Minister and the Secretary-General of the Arab League about ongoing efforts to “reach a ceasefire in Yemen, alleviate the humanitarian situation and revive an inclusive political process to resolve the conflict.”

In his meetings with representatives of Yemeni civil society, women, political parties and journalists, Griffiths “stressed the need for the attack on Ma’rib to stop,” and warned of the “dire humanitarian consequences of the continued attack, and the risks to the prospects of the peace process.”
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