Yemen food aid at risk of rotting: UN

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- AGENCIES, SANAA

Feb 12, 2019-

Food aid in a warehouse on the frontlines of the Yemen war is at risk of rotting, the UN said on Monday, leaving millions of Yemenis without access to life-saving sustenance. The Red Sea Mills silos, located in the western port city of Hodeida, are believed to contain enough grain to feed several million people for a month. But the granary has remained off-limits to aid organisations for months. “The World Food Programme (WFP) grain stored in the mills — enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month — has been inaccessible for over five months and is at risk of rotting,” read a joint statement by the UN aid chief and special envoy for Yemen. “We emphasise that ensuring access to he mills is a shared responsibility among the parties to the conflict in Yemen.” Hodeida, and its food silos, have been in the hands of Yemen’s Huthi rebels since 2014, when the insurgents staged a takeover of large swathes of Yemeni territories. 

Published: 12-02-2019 11:02

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