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The Yemeni internal conflict, raging for almost three years, has generated the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. By the end of 2017, an estimated 50 percent of health care infrastructure had reportedly been destroyed by airstrikes and artillery attacks, and the remaining clinics and hospitals operate with dwindling supplies and personnel that in many cases have not been paid for years. In late 2017, the situation was further exacerbated by a blockade on humanitarian and commercial traffic into the port of Hudeidah. The port was later opened, first for humanitarian access, and later for full commercial access. Humanitarian groups note that a main obstacle to distributing aid is restriction of movement within the country.

Read more about the Yemeni conflict in PHR's Yemen newsletters:

Yemen: Attacks on Health February 2018 Newsletter

Yemen: Attacks on Health May 2018 Newsletter

Civilians Must Be Protected as Hudeidah Comes Under Assault (June 13, 2018)

Physicians for Human Rights is horrified by an attack launched today by the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni city of Hudeidah, despite repeated calls for all parties to exercise military restraint on this vital port which serves as a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of civilians.

Yemeni Port of Hudeidah, a Civilian Lifeline, Must Remain Operational (June 11, 2018)

PHR condemns any military assault on Hudeidah and calls on the United States, France, and the UK – as well as regional players – to take swift action and leadership to give the international community a strong voice against this planned military assault, and to push for an immediate and lasting ceasefire.

Attacks on Medical Facilities in Yemen is a “Defining Element” of Nation’s Intractable Conflict (February 27, 2018)

The deliberate targeting of health care facilities, with devastating impact on civilians, is a defining element of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Al-Tawra Hospital, the central public hospital and one of the main health care facilities in Taiz, Yemen’s second largest city with a population of over one million, has been directly targeted by dozens of mortar shells since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015.

After 1000 Days of War, Yemen Can’t Wait (December 22, 2017)

PHR signs joint letter urging President Trump, Prime Minister May, and President Macron to prevent further catastrophe and famine in Yemen by implement an immediate ceasefire.

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Yemen and Syria Rules of Combat: Is Blatant Disregard for Humanitarian Norms the New Normal? (March 26, 2018)

At the most basic level, international humanitarian law asserts that, while war unquestionably jeopardizes civilian wellbeing, it should not prevent the maintenance of health care amidst the chaos of the conflict. The end goal is to minimize cruelty.

Attacks in Syria and Yemen are turning disease into a weapon of war (July 7, 2017)

Today we are seeing another cruel method of warfare emerge on the battlefield: the weaponization of disease, particularly in Syria and Yemen.

In Syria and Yemen, Hospitals Are No Safe Haven (May 3, 2017)

A child in Yemen and a child in Syria. Separated by hundreds of miles, they share the experience of warfare – in Syria, a conflict that has churned along for over six years, in Yemen, a war that’s intensified since 2015. Children in both countries share an uncertain future, with the ever-present specter of illness, trauma, and death.

Déjà Vu: The UN Security Council’s Inaction on Yemen (August 31, 2015)

When I visited Yemen last year, the situation was grim. The government was dealing with fuel shortages and protests against the lifting of subsidies. But, there was still hope.

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Yemen: Attacks on Health May 2018 Newsletter (May 2018)

Despite efforts to renew peace talks, the Yemen conflict reached its third anniversary in March 2018 and has left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, nearly 9,500 dead, 55,000 injured, and two million displaced over the past three years. As fighting intensified in al-Hudaydah and Taizz Governorates, humanitarian agencies expressed increasing concern about the safety of civilians.

Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen (August 2017)

PHR urges permanent representatives of member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to support the creation of an independent international investigation into violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Yemen since the start of the current conflict.

Joint Letter to Mattis, Pompeo and McCabe. Re: US Cooperation with Abusive Allied Forces in Yemen (August 2017)

We, the undersigned human rights, civil liberties, and religious organizations, write to urge you to make public to the fullest extent possible without disclosing sources and methods, any reviews conducted by your agencies into allegations that US-allied forces of the United Arab Emirates and UAE-backed Yemeni forces have been responsible for serious abuses in Yemen.

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