I’ve had a busy busy BUSY past couple of days, which is bad for this blog since so much has been happening! But here’s an update!
General situation in Sana’a
• Humanitarian movements and operations in Sana’a have been limited. On 7 December, UN essential staff members reported to their offices. All roads connecting Sana’a city are open.
• Some humanitarian organizations have temporarily reduced their staff presence until the situation stabilizes. On 5 December, UNHAS transported 121 passengers out of Sana’a (55 INGO and 66 UN) while 13 passengers left Al Hudaydah by boat. UNHAS flights are continuing to rotate staff. On 7 December, 12 humanitarian staff left Aden while eight went into Aden. Another eight humanitarian staff left Sana’a while four came into Sana’a. UNHAS will operate twice a week to Sana’a and to Aden in the coming period.
• The ICRC reports that, as of 6 December, at least 234 people have been killed and 486 have been injured in Sana’a and northern governorates.
• The price of petrol in the city has increased from 8,200 YER per 20 liter jerrycan to 10,000 YER per 20 liter jerrycan. However, there are four stations that are selling petrol at 6,000 YER per 20 liter jerrycan.People are lining up in long queues around these stations to benefit from the price difference.
The price of cooking gas has increased by almost 15 per cent (from 4,700 YER for 20 liter cylinder to 5,400 for 20 liter cylinder).
• Schools and public offices remain closed; some offices in the Ministry of Public Health and Population started working on 6 December. Trucks were finally dispatched to start collecting garbage, which had not been the case since 1 December, threatening a further spread of cholera.
• Health workers in Sana’a are concerned that the overall security situation continues to make access to warehouses and health centres difficult. Some residents who have been injured are able to go to the Al Sabain, Al Joumhouri and Al Thawrah hospitals to receive treatment. Public hospitals are struggling to manage trauma cases and need medicines, medical supplies and fuel. Al Mutawakel and the YemeniGermany hospitals are in critical need of oxygen. Al Sabeen hospital has requested support for the emergency ward.
• Save the Children has identified two health centers that can provide trauma treatment, namely the Gaa Alrigaa and the Alhifa health centers in Sana’a. One partner (Marafi Al Yaman) is offering to transport patients who need to go to referal hospitals. WHO has provided Al Joumhouri hospital with 4,900 liters of fuel. An ICRC team has delivered 40,000 litres of fuel to the Al Joumhouri and the Al Kuwait hospitals to help keep life-saving services running.Embed from Getty Images
Huthi rebel fighters inspect the damage after a reported air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 5, 2017. Saudi-led warplanes pounded the rebel-held capital before dawn after the rebels killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as he fled the city following the collapse of their uneasy alliance, residents said. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)Embed from Getty Images
SANA’A, YEMEN – DECEMBER 05: Houthi supporters take part in a rally in the streets to celebrate the killing of the ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh a day after he was shot dead by the Houthi group on December 05, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)Embed from Getty Images
Yemenis walk down a street leading to the residence of Yemens late ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the capital Sanaa on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)Embed from Getty Images
Huthi supporters attend the funeral of those killed during recent clashes between Huthi rebel fighters and loyalists of Yemen’s late ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the capital Sanaa on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)