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A student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Saada Governorate, Yemen, Monday 24 April 2017. Students now attend lessons in UNICEF tents nearby,

Since the start of 2017, the humanitarian situation in Yemen has substantially deteriorated. According to analysis by the Humanitarian Country Team released in April 2017, the number of people in need of assistance and protection is 20.7 million. Increasing tensions and hostilities in the western coast since January have left over 50,000 people displaced, many of them in locations where humanitarian access has been extremely challenging. Concerns regarding the continuity of operations of the Al Hudaydah port persist and the potential closure of the main port in Yemen would have significant consequences for the humanitarian operation.

Between April and July 2017, 400,000 cases of suspected cholera and nearly 1900 associated deaths were recorded. Vital health, water and sanitation facilities have been crippled by more than two years of hostilities, and created the ideal conditions for diseases to spread. Nearly 2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished, which makes them more susceptible to cholera. Vital infrastructure, such as health and water facilities, have been damaged or destroyed by the conflict. Adding to the pressure on health services, more than 30,000 health workers have not been paid their salaries in more than 10 months.

Yemen's education system is also on the brink of collapse, and more than 5 million children risk being deprived of their right to education. As at June 2017, over 193,000 teachers have not received their salaries during the past nine months. Moreover, school infrastructure has been affected, with 222 incidents of attacks on schools documented and verified by the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting of Grave Child Rights Violations (CTF MR) between March 2015 and June 2017. At least 1,279
A student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Saada Governorate, Yemen, Monday 24 April 2017. Students now attend lessons in UNICEF tents nearby,

Since the start of 2017, the humanitarian situation in Yemen has substantially deteriorated. According to analysis by the Humanitarian Country Team released in April 2017, the number of people in need of assistance and protection is 20.7 million. Increasing tensions and hostilities in the western coast since January have left over 50,000 people displaced, many of them in locations where humanitarian access has been extremely challenging. Concerns regarding the continuity of operations of the Al Hudaydah port persist and the potential closure of the main port in Yemen would have significant consequences for the humanitarian operation.

Between April and July 2017, 400,000 cases of suspected cholera and nearly 1900 associated deaths were recorded. Vital health, water and sanitation facilities have been crippled by more than two years of hostilities, and created the ideal conditions for diseases to spread. Nearly 2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished, which makes them more susceptible to cholera. Vital infrastructure, such as health and water facilities, have been damaged or destroyed by the conflict. Adding to the pressure on health services, more than 30,000 health workers have not been paid their salaries in more than 10 months.

Yemen's education system is also on the brink of collapse, and more than 5 million children risk being deprived of their right to education. As at June 2017, over 193,000 teachers have not received their salaries during the past nine months. Moreover, school infrastructure has been affected, with 222 incidents of attacks on schools documented and verified by the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting of Grave Child Rights Violations (CTF MR) between March 2015 and June 2017. At least 1,279

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