Pause in fighting in Yemen would create "lifeline" for the population

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The MV Amsterdam berthed at Hudaydah port, Yemen, with fuel for the World Food Programme (WFP). Photo: WFP Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

A pause in fighting in Yemen will enable the UN and its partners to scale up their operations and create a lifeline for the population, according to the top UN humanitarian official.

It follows the announcement by the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia and the US Secretary of State, of a break in military operations in the country.

Fighting between Houthi rebels and an Arab coalition supporting the Yemeni Government has put hundreds of thousands of people's lives at risk.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The humanitarian pause in fighting is expected to begin on Tuesday.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said she hopes reports of the agreement by the Houthis are accurate.

She warned that it is essential given the deteriorating situation on the ground.

Civilians are reportedly trapped in the middle of fighting.

Ms Amos added that if the pause in fighting is implemented the UN and its partners would be able to deliver more emergency food rations and provide medical care for the sick and injured.

But she stressed that they need security guarantees and logistical support to do this.

Two WFP cargo ships arrived in Hudaydah over the weekend with fuel, food, water, and nutritional supplies.

Planes are reportedly standing by to help evacuate the wounded.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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