The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday that civilians in Yemen are still paying a high price for the conflict in the country four years ago, citing more than 4,800 civilian casualties between the dead and the injured in 2018.
According to the Civilian Impact Monitoring Report for 2018, the UNHCR reported that more than 4,800 civilian deaths and injuries were reported over the course of the year resulting in an average of 93 civilian casualties per week.
The report confirmed that the largest number of casualties in 2018 were reported in Yemen’s volatile west coast, which includes Hodeida governorate, one of the epicenters of the conflict since June 2018.
"Almost half (48 per cent) of all reported casualties were recorded in this region, followed by Sa’ada and Al Jawf (22 per cent) which also remain a flashpoint of the conflict.", the report reads, adding that 30% of civilians were killed or wounded during their presence within their homes, while others were killed, or were exposed to the wounds, during the convening of public roads, or during work in farms, local shops, other markets and sites.
According to the report, these figures are based on civilian victims on open source data, collectively and disseminated as part of the civil impact monitoring project that publishes this information to support human protection programs in Yemen.
The report also highlights the impact of the armed conflict on the capacity of civilians in access to basic services or biopolic buildings, indicating that the attacks on civilian infrastructure hinder the arrival of more than half a million family to food, water, aid and health care, according to the estimates of the partners on the ground.
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Volker Türk, said: "The report illustrates the staggering human cost of the conflict. Civilians in Yemen continue to face serious risks to their safety, well-being and basic rights."
He stressed that civilians in Yemen exposed to daily violence, many live under constant fear and suffer in deteriorating conditions, turning in desperation to harmful coping mechanisms in order to survive,”
Yemen has been devastated by a four-conflict which broke out after the Houthi Group (Ansar Allah) ousted the internationally recognised government in late 2014. The conflict has escalated in since a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily to restore the government in March 2015, creating the world's largest humanitarian crisis.