Partners finalize preparedness plan as fighting in Marib displaces an estimated 1,400 families in September
The recent uptick in fighting in Marib continued throughout September. Hostilities reduced in some parts of the governorate towards the end of the month, while in Al Bayda, to the south of Marib, there was a major increase in conflict-related incidents. Close to 1,400 newly displaced families were identified in Marib in the month to 26 September according to IOM, most of them displaced within Marib Governorate. Displaced families have fled active fighting – many of the estimated 353 families displaced between 13 and 19 September were temporarily trapped while attempting to flee ongoing hostilities around villages in Rahaba District. Partner capacity in Marib is stretched, and there is a shortage of supplies of shelter materials and non-food items (NFIs). Two thousand emergency shelter kits and 1,500 NFI kits are to be transferred from contingency stock in Aden to Marib to cover immediate needs. Lack of partner presence on the ground continues to pose a major challenge, and efforts are underway to mobilize more partners to establish a presence in Marib.
Partners have reported that ongoing hostilities have restricted humanitarian access to areas hardest hit by the fighting, including Medghel and Rahaba districts.