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Flash Update #03 Escalation and Response in Marib, Al Jawf and Sana'a Governorates

Following military operations that escalated on 19 January 2020 within Marib, Sana’a and Al Jawf Governorates the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in these governorates.

From 19 January to date, humanitarian partners report that over 5,000 families have been forced to flee armed clashes in Nihm District in Sana’a Governorate, Sirwah District in Marib Governorate and Al Ghayl, Al Hazm and Al Maton districts in Al Jawf Governorate. The actual number of IDPs is likely to be much higher as most people have sought refuge with host communities.

The majority of those who have been displaced are in Marib City and the surrounding area living in overcrowded public buildings, IDP sites and with the host community. In addition, an estimated 700 families are scattered in Nihm and Bani Hushaysh districts in Sana’a Governorate.

To date, 3,578 newly displaced households (25,046 individuals) have been identified by the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) partners, with reportedly increasing displacement.

Urgent needs as reported by partners include additional food assistance, non-food items, clothing and protection of civilians still trapped between the frontlines.