Insecurity and fuel shortage hindering delivery of aid in Yemen

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Insecurity and fuel shortage hindering delivery of aid in Yemen. Photo: WHO Yemen

Insecurity and the shortage of fuel are continuing to hinder the delivery of aid to conflict-affected communities in Yemen according to the UN.

Fighting between government forces and rebels has left some 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

A recent escalation of the conflict in Yemen has aggravated an already large-scale humanitarian crisis.

In the port city of Aden, local sources have reported continued widespread violence.

A two-hour truce proposed by one rebel group has also reportedly not been observed.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that insecurity and lack of fuel have limited access to and delivery of services. Partners report difficulty providing medical services as result of the current security situation and continued airstrikes targeting Haradh, Sa'ada and Sana'a."

Meanwhile, the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen has strongly urged forces supporting the government to stop targeting Sana’a airport.

He described the airport as an "important lifeline" for humanitarian support.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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