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47 major aid agencies call all parties to the conflict in Yemen to end the violence

The Yemen’s INGO Forum warns that fighting in Yemen is continuing despite Saudi Arabia’s recent announcement of an end to Decisive Storm Operation. 

By Action Against Hunger

Apr 25 2015

The ongoing conflict is preventing humanitarian organisations from delivering life-saving assistance. All efforts must be urgently taken to ensure that civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected and spared from the ongoing violence.

The Yemen’s INGO Forum, representing 47 international humanitarian and development NGOs working in Yemen, warns that fighting in Yemen is continuing despite Saudi Arabia’s recent announcement of an end to Decisive Storm Operation. The ongoing conflict is preventing humanitarian organisations from delivering life-saving assistance. All efforts must be urgently taken to ensure that civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected and spared from the ongoing violence.

International aid organisations working in Yemen are ready to respond, but have not yet been able to do so at full scale. The continued fighting has resulted in limited access for humanitarian aid workers and severely jeopardizing their safety. Recent reports indicate that three Yemeni aid workers have been killed in crossfire in Aden while trying to save the lives of critically injured civilians. The international community must call on the parties in the conflict to guarantee aid workers safe access and immediately open land, sea, and air routes into the country to ensure the delivery of lifesaving assistance to the millions of people who continue to suffer from the impact of the violence.

Yemen has been caught in a protracted crisis and the recent escalation of conflict is exacerbating the situation. Before the escalation of violence, over 60 percent of the population—more than 16 million, including approximately 250,000 refugees—were already reliant on aid, and nearly a million children under five were suffering from acute malnutrition. We remain concerned about the ongoing effects of the continued fighting and we urgently call on all parties to the conflict to end the violence and seek a negotiated peace. All efforts must be taken to ensure that civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected and spared from the ongoing violence.  We reassert that international humanitarian and human rights laws must be upheld by all parties at all times.

We call the international community to provide a full support to a coordinated and impartial response that addresses both short and long-term civilian needs across the country and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. 

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