“The 6-year war has made Yemen the world's largest humanitarian emergency”
Press Release | 26th March 2021, 12:00
Press Release | 26th March 2021, 12:00
6 years of war in Yemen has caused the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. The level of destruction to infrastructure by bombing and shelling in populated areas, as well as the contamination by explosive devices, is huge. The conflict in Yemen provides a horrifying example of the long-term humanitarian consequences of explosive weapons used in populated areas. States must support the draft international agreement against urban bombing currently being negotiated to help end the suffering.
Around 233,000 people have died due to the conflict in Yemen, some being direct victims of the violence, others dying of the indirect consequences of the conflict, such as lack of health services and clean water as health facilities and water supply systems have been largely destroyed by bombing and shelling; lack of food due to the destruction of roads making impossible to channeling goods, etc. More than 20,000 civilian deaths and injuries have been verified as a direct result of hostilities since 2015.
In 2020, the conflict intensified resulting in shocking levels of civilian suffering. By the end of October 2020, there were 47 front lines, up from 33 in January 2020. In recent weeks, violent combats have taken place in Marib forcing thousands to flee. Many families who live in Marib have already faced multiple displacements to flee violence’s in the last years. They are stranded in overcrowded camps, needing shelter, protection, food, water, hygiene and health.
There are reports of widespread use of landmines in several regions of the country. Almost 1,100 civilians were killed or injured by landmines or improvised explosive devices from 2018 to 2020 included. In 2020 only, at least 1,300 civilians were affected in landmine- or ERW-related incidents (these incidents remain largely under-reported).
said Baptiste Chapuis*, HI's Disarmament, Crisis & Conflicts Advocacy Officer
The level of contamination by explosive remnants of war in Yemen is likely to be extremely high due to the intensity of the conflict over the last 6 years. Should the conflict end today, incidents linked with the use of weapons are expected to last for decades and continue to impact civilians and prevent the return of the displaced to their homes.
The massive and repeated use of explosive weapons in populated areas - especially those with wide-area effects - has exacerbated Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and will have a long-term impact on the country. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2021:
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