Yemen

Monday’s Daily Brief: ‘Horror’ at Notre Dame fire disaster, Yemen still bleeding, measles now ‘global crisis’

Top news on Monday includes: UN chief expresses his horror over the huge blaze in Notre Dame; a deal over Hudaydah troop withdrawal beckons, but war intensifies; “global measles crisis” underway.

News in Brief 15 April 2019

  • Tackling poverty, inequality and climate change: ‘We need more money,’ says UN chief
  • ‘Yemen bleeds. It is a tragic place’ Senior UN officials brief Security Council on situation in the country
  • Measles cases up 300 per cent on 2018, constitutes a global crisis
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Plan for troop pullback ‘now accepted’ by rival forces around key Yemen port, but fighting intensifying elsewhere, Security Council warned

A plan to withdraw forces from front lines in and around the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been accepted by pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN Special Envoy to the country told the Security Council on Monday, warning however that war shows “no sign of abating” elsewhere.

News in Brief 9 April 2019

  • UN rights chief appeals for dialogue in Sudan amid reports ‘70 killed’ in demonstrations
  • Libyan national conference postponed amid violent escalation
  • Blast kills 14 children, leaves others fighting for lives in Yemen capital Sana’a
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Yemen blast kills 14 children, leaves others fighting for their lives in Sana’a

Further details have emerged of an attack on a school in the Yemeni capital Sana’a at the weekend which killed 14 youngsters and critically injured 16 others.

Yemen: 11 more ‘terrible, senseless’ civilian deaths reported, following attack in Sana’a - top UN official

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, has expressed her outrage at the ‘terrible, senseless deaths’ of 11 civilians in the capital, Sana’a on Sunday, in which scores were also injured.

At Arab League Summit, Guterres reaffirms strong link between UN and people of Arab world

Attending the Summit of the League of Arab States in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, recognized the critical importance of the region on the international stage and called for even stronger cooperation between the UN and the Arab States.

News in Brief 27 March 2019

  • Sharp increase in Yemen deaths from cholera and diarrhoea
  • Eight years on, Syria humanitarian crisis is ‘far from over’
  • ‘Race against time’ to protect thousands of women and girls affected by Cyclone Idai
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Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera

UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading “like wildfire”, one of the organization’s senior humanitarian officials has warned.

10 million Yemenis ‘one step away from famine’, UN food relief agency calls for ‘unhindered access’ to frontline regions

With Yemen now in its fifth year of conflict between pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for “unhindered access” to the most desperate areas in the frontline regions “to prevent the food security situation deteriorating”.