Report: 300,000 Migrants in Yemen Need Humanitarian Assistance in 2024

News Agencies | 2024-06-03 11:07 PM UTC
Report: 300,000 Migrants in Yemen Need Humanitarian Assistance in 2024


On Sunday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations said that African migrants face perilous conditions in Yemen, including migrants from the Horn of Africa. The organization stated that it is "working tirelessly with stakeholders in Yemen and Ethiopia to facilitate the voluntary humanitarian return of thousands of migrants who remain stranded in Yemen." The IOM called for "cooperative efforts between authorities and increased donor support for the Voluntary Humanitarian Return program to ensure that migrants facing perilous conditions can safely return home, in addition to assistance with reintegration." The IOM added, "In 2024, more than 300,000 migrants in Yemen, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, will need humanitarian assistance and protection services, especially women and girls."


Israel's long-range Arrow air defense system shot down a ballistic missile, apparently fired by the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, over the Red Sea on Monday morning, the military said.Footage from Israel's southernmost city of Eilat showed smoke trails in the sky from the aftermath of the interception. The Israel Defense Forces said the surface-to-surface missile, fired "from the direction of the Red Sea," was headed toward Israel, likely aimed for Eilat, when it was shot down using the advanced Arrow system. There were no reports of injuries.

Yemen's Iran-backed Huthis on Monday held a public funeral in the capital Sanaa for more than a dozen fighters they say were killed in U.S. and British strikes last week. The rebels had provided a death toll of 16 for the strikes overnight into Friday, which would make them among the deadliest since the United States and Britain launched a campaign in January to deter Huthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The Houthis say they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The U.S. military's Central Command said 13 Houthi facilities were targeted in Friday's strikes.


A group of United Nations experts called on Monday for all countries to recognize a Palestinian state to ensure peace in the Middle East. The call came less than a week after Spain, Ireland and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state, prompting anger from Israel, which has found itself increasingly isolated after nearly eight months of war in Gaza. The experts, including the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, said recognition of a Palestinian state was an important acknowledgment of the rights of the Palestinian people and their struggle towards freedom and independence.