Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Air strikes in Yemen threaten food aid for 3.5M ‘very hungry people’ — UN

/ 08:09 PM September 14, 2018

The UN warned Friday that shelling and air strikes in Yemen’s Hodeida province have targeted humanitarian workers and infrastructure, threatening its ability to feed 3.5 million “very hungry people.”

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was “extremely concerned about the series of security incidents in Hodeida city these past few days in and around deconflicted sites critical for the humanitarian response in Yemen”, describing the situation as “alarming”.

ADVERTISEMENT

The UN agency warned that “the conflict (is) threatening the continuity of humanitarian assistance to the city and surrounding areas where needs are among the highest in the country.”

Fighting has raged in recent days close to the rebel-held port city, a crucial entry point for aid that the Saudi-led coalition alleges also serves as a key conduit for arms to the Iran-backed Huthis.

FEATURED STORIES

Alongside the threat of combat, civilians also face severe shortages of food, water, and medicine in Hodeida province, according to the UN.

In August, WFP said it had provided emergency food assistance to some 700,000 of the around 900,000 people in the province considered to be at severe risk.

Agency spokesman Herve Verhoosel decried that a number of security incidences had been reported since Wednesday, including at the Red Sea Mill Silos, which mill a quarter of the agency’s monthly wheat requirements in Yemen.

“The ongoing clashes could jeopardize the shipments of 46,000 tonnes of wheat expected to arrive to Hodeida within the next ten days,” Verhoosel told reporters in Geneva.

Clashes near the mill “could impact our ability to feed up to 3.5 million very hungry people in northern and central Yemen for one month,” he warned.

He said that a mortar shell launched by an unidentified armed group had also hit a WFP warehouse in Hodeida city “holding enough food to assist 19,200 very hungry people.”

That attack injured a guard at the warehouse, he added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Fighting has also been reported “in extremely close proximity” to WFP’s offices and housing, Verhoosel said.

This, he said, “could potentially compromise the safety and security of 33 WFP staff in Hodeida city currently working round the clock to assist Yemenis suffering from acute hunger and malnutrition.”

He said the agency was doing everything possible “to ensure the safety and security of our staff”.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s conflict since 2015, when the Saudi-led alliance intervened in support of the government.   /vvp

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Latest world news, Temen, UN, United Nations
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
sports

Asia league: iECO bows down to Ryukyu in Terrific 12

September 18, 2018 11:27 PM

lifestyle

‘Combatron’: The long-awaited finale

September 18, 2018 10:28 PM

sports

Ben Mbala ‘happy’ for former mentor Aldin Ayo

September 18, 2018 10:24 PM

entertainment

How to get tickets to next year’s Glastonbury Festival

September 18, 2018 10:15 PM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.