Compared to 2019, violence against and obstruction of health care increased in 2020. Almost half of reported incidents occurred in the first half of the year, during which several health facilities were damaged by aerial bombings during conflict between the Yemeni government and Houthi forces. Health care providers also faced access difficulties to and within Yemen.
In March 2020 Yemeni government and Houthi authorities imposed a ban on all flights in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. After flights had been allowed in again, Houthi authorities closed Sana’a airport to UN and humanitarian flights in September due to fuel shortages. Data
Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.