12 organizations forced to suspend aid programmes following attacks in Al Dhale’e

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Yemen

The suspension will affect 217,000 local residents in the area. UN Relief Chief, Mark Lowcock, condemned the attacks against aid organizations and urged a thorough investigation.

In the early hours of 21 and 22 December, unknown individuals attacked the premises of three
international humanitarian organizations in Al Dhale’e, Yemen, using rocket-propelled grenades.
The attacks wounded one person and damaged property.

These events represent an alarming escalation in the risks faced by humanitarian workers in
Yemen. Twelve organizations have now been forced to suspend aid programmes in Al Dhale’e,
which will affect 217,000 local residents. Several organizations are working with local staff to
ensure the most essential activities can continue.

I condemn these attacks unreservedly. I urge a thorough investigation, and I express my
appreciation to the Government of Yemen for the work they have begun in this regard. I also
remain gravely concerned by the continuation of media campaigns in parts of Yemen that spread
rumours and incitement against aid operations.

Humanitarian agencies reach more than 12 million people every month in Yemen and rely on the
authorities to ensure a safe, enabling environment for humanitarian operations across the
country.

New York, 23 December 2019

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Zoe Paxton, zoe.paxton@un.org, + 1 917 297 1542
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