Clashes in the Northern governorate of Sa’ada and in Harf Sufyan district of the neighbouring Amran governorate are ongoing. Fighting is now occurring in the main town of Sa’ada. Families have fled to areas of Amran, Hajjah, and Jawf governorates as well as to safer areas within Sa’ada governorate and possibly to Saudi Arabia
WFP, with UN and INGO teams, has moved to the three neighbouring governorates to assess the situation of IDPs. In Hajjah – the most accessible governorate – WFP distributed ready-to-eat high energy biscuits and dates for 7,000 persons within 48 hours from receiving reports of a concentration; distribution of full food baskets began on 23 August for 12,500 persons – 7,574 persons have thus far benefited. In Amran, access has been more difficult, and only on 23 August were teams finally given clearance to move within the governorate and assess the needs of families. Some 9,100 IDPs have been spotted; a WFP team has been in Amran since 30 August to prepare for distribution.
WFP is expanding its operation to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation. The new planning figure is 150,000 persons against the previous 100,000 through June 2010; a supplementary feeding component will also be added.
Technical staff has been called in to assist with the Sa’ada emergency, to address issues of: access and supply routes; security; ICT; nutrition.
As a result of lack of funding, the CP has been on hold since June without resources to continue through the remainder of the year (impacting 900,000 vulnerable Yemenis); under the HFP EMOP, 40 percent of mothers and children will not receive nutrition assistance for 6 of the 12 planned months. Overall, in November, 1.3 million beneficiaries (out of 1.6 million planned) will not benefit from assistance.
WFP has received indication that Saudi Arabia may be willing to contribute US$20 million to WFP operations in Yemen.