Four civilians are being killed or injured every day in two of Yemen’s worst-hit areas since a peace deal was agreed two years ago and that violence is growing across the country, Charity group Oxfam reported.
Warring sides in Yemen have signed the Stockholm Agreement on December 13, 2018 to halt hostilities around the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah and to address the mounting humanitarian crisis in the central province of Taiz.
However, since the signing of the agreement, 592 civilians have been killed and 2,136 wounded in the two areas, according to data compiled by the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project and analysed by Oxfam.
This means that on average, approximately four civilians a day continues to be killed or injured in Yemen, making the agreement meaningless.
Oxfam said that rather than these agreements bringing an end to violence in Yemen, attacks on civilians were on the rise. It urged the international community to intervene and halt the sale of weapons for use in the war.
According to the Campaign Against Arms Trade, the UK has given £1bn in aid to Yemen but has licensed £6.5bn worth of arms to countries bombing it.
Mohamed, a 50-year-old widower, fled Taiz City in early November when his daughter’s husband was killed. The father of four is now living in a school, ten people to a tent, and fears he will be evicted.
“They want us to leave because it’s overcrowded. [But] there’s nowhere else for us to go,” he told Oxfam.
“Right now, we’re in this place with no food, no toilets, no healthcare, no blankets, and hardly any water,” he said.
Hannah Cooper, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Adviser in Yemen said: “Every day, civilians are dying or being injured in this senseless conflict, while also facing hunger and disease in what is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.
“Members of the international community, including the UK, need to stop fuelling the conflict by selling weapons for use in the war.
“Instead they should do all they can to get the warring parties to agree to a nationwide ceasefire that would build confidence and see all parties return to negotiations committed to achieving a lasting peace.”
Yemen has been ripped apart by a devastating civil war since the Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized control of the country in late 2014, ousting the recognised president.
Saudi Arabia and its gulf allies launched a bombing campaign in March 2015 to reinstate the government, hoping for a speedy resolution to the crisis.
Five years on, the conflict still rages and more recently has sparked a war within a war as southern separatists, nominally allied to the government, turned on their former allies to fight for an independent south.
Over the last few months, fighting has escalated in Hodeidah and Taiz, with civilians saying they have been forced to flee to squalid displacement camps despite the winter conditions and the pandemic. (Source: Independent UK)