Following an armed advance on the capital from the north by Houthis in September 2014, fighting escalated in March 2015 triggering a civil war throughout the country. ? A coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia is supporting the Yemeni government with airstrikes. Activities by southern secessionists, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State (IS) compound the security and political challenges.? The economy is failing, with the Central Bank near collapse.?22.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance including 11.3 million in acute need.? 

INFORM measures Yemen's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster at a very high level of 7.6/10. Hazard and exposure as well as lack of coping capacity and vulnerability are all at alarming levels: 8.1/10, 7.9/10 and 6.9/10 respectively.?

Latest Developments

18/09: WFP reported attacks on facilities critical for its operations from 12–14 September in Al Hudaydah city, including Red Sea Mill Silos, which mills a quarter of the WFP's monthly wheat requirements, and a WFP warehouse that stores food supplies for 19,200 people. Food deliveries were also affected by the insecurity.? 

11/09: Approximately 450 civilian casualties were recorded across Yemen in the first nine days of August, in what were some of the deadliest weeks since the conflict began in 2015. 131 of the casualties involved children.?

Key priorities

WASH: 16.0 million people are in need of WASH assistance, with 11.6 million of them in acute need.?

Health: 16.4 million people lack access to healthcare, with 9.3 million of them in acute need. Almost 2,000 health facilities have stopped or reduced operations.?

Food security: Imports of staple foods have decreased significantly since the escalation of conflict, leading to steep price increases. Yemen ordinarily imports 90% of its staple foods.?

Information Gaps and needs

  • Limited information available on the needs of the Muhamasheen minority (10% of population), who live in dire conditions and are more in need than the average population.

  • Underreporting of casualties due to the collapse of the health system. No updates on prevalent diseases such as dengue

  • Limited access means detailed data on humanitarian needs is not always available.


Key documents



Periodic Monitoring Review, January-April 2017

Instruments of Pain (1): Conflict and Famine in Yemen


International Crisis Group

European Council on Foreign Relations


Yemen's forgotten war: How Europe can lay the foundations for peace



Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017

CARE & Oxfam


From the ground up: Gender and conflict analysis in Yemen

Hisham Al Omeisy


The media's role in Yemen's 500 days of war



Moving beyond "the brink": The need for nuance in Yemen reporting

Chatham House


Yemen: Stemming the Rise of a Chaos State



How Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Made Al Qaeda Stronger - and Richer

International Crisis Group


Yemen - Is Peace Possible?

Middle East Eye


Analysis: Southern Yemenis Look for Payback After Battle of Aden

International Crisis Group


Yemen at War