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Yemen: the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons highlighted by the UN

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 16.37.13AOAV and UN OCHA (the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), produced a report in September 2015 on the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons in Yemen.

It found that in the first seven months of 2015, between 1 January and 31 July 2015, AOAV had recorded more civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen than in any other country.

In March 2015, a complex and long-running crisis in Yemen rapidly escalated into all-out conflict, with extensive fighting on the ground, and aerial bombing carried out by a coalition of state actors. Using English-language media reports, AOAV has recorded 4,493 civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen. Civilians made up 86% of all deaths and injuries in Yemen from explosive weapons in this time period, a figure that jumps to 95% when these weapons were used in populated areas.

Read the report – State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen

The finding’s feature prominently in OCHA’s latest Humanitarian Bulletin on the crisis in Yemen. Released on 29 September, the Bulletin shows how parties to the conflict are continuing to put civilian lives at risk and hinder the humanitarian operation in the country. It includes some of the latest information on the use of explosive weapons in the conflict, including a suicide bombing that killed 25 people in Balili mosque, and an airstrike destroying a UNICEF warehouse containing water supplies for 11,000 people.

Read OCHA’s Humanitarian Bulletin on Yemen (Issue 3)

Find out more:

“Almost 9 in 10 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen are civilian” (OCHA, 25 September 2015)

“Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Deposted President, Returns to Yemen,” (Shauib Almosawa and Kareem Fahim, The New York Times, 22 September 2015)

“Explosions Hurt More Civilians In Yemen Than In Syria This Year,” (Charlotte Alfred, The Huffington Post, 25 September 2015)