IOM: Over 100,000 Yemenis were displaced over six months

IOM: Over 100,000 Yemenis were displaced over six months

Alsahwa Net- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday that the ongoing fighting, insecurity and the COVID-19 have forced more than 100,000 Yemenis to displace home over the past six months.

The Houthis rebels have caused the displacement of thousands of families following systematic intimidation against opponents including detonation of their houses.

In a report released on Tuesday, the IOM said that COVID-19 is beginning to emerge as a new cause of internal displacement across the country.

From 30 March to 18 July, the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) recorded over 10,000 people moving due to COVID-19, most typically related to fears of contracting the virus and the impact of the outbreak on services and the worsening economic crisis, the IOM report said.

“The official number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen remains low. However, given limited testing capacity and concerns among the local population about seeking treatment, the humanitarian community is working under the assumption that the actual numbers are much higher,” the organization said.

The IOMO report quoted Yemen’s Chief of IOM Mission, Christa Rottensteiner, as saying that displaced communities in Yemen have been the ones worst affected by the nearly six-year conflict and that they have been reported leaving the coronavirus hotspots.

Due to access constraints, IOM currently only collects data on displacement in part of the country— districts in 12 governorates out of 22.

Therefore, the number of displacements in 2020 is likely to be much higher than what has been recorded, the organization said.

It indicated that in 2019, IOM reached over five million people, provided them with aids and healthcare, however, without urgent fund, the organization will not reach over 2.5 million this year.

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