“UNHCR is the UN’s Refugee Agency and is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of refugees. UNHCR has worked in Yemen since 1987. Yemen is the only country in the Arabian Peninsula to have signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol.”

Al Mokha and Dhubab in the Taizz governorate have seen heavy fighting recently, resulting in the need for civilians to flee. It’s estimated that 3,570 people have fled Al Mokha and it is unknown how many are still in the city.

“Thousands of civilians are being caught by the crossfire. This worsens the situation for an extremely vulnerable population and we’re mobilizing rapid assistance together with partners to help those displaced,” says UNHCR’s country representative in Yemen, Ayman Gharaibeh.

Read more about the situation and what UNHCR is doing to help from the United Nations in Yemen website.