Food distributions begin in Yemeni port city of Aden

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These food items are ready for distribution at the warehouses of a World Food Programme (WFP) local partner SHS in Aden, Yemen, after being moved from ships that began reaching the port on July 21. Photo: WFP/Ammar Bamatraf

Around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden have begun receiving food from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

On Thursday, the agency announced it is distributing two-month food rations to locations which have not been reached since April due to conflict.

Fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels has plagued the Middle Eastern country since late March.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The food delivered by the World Food Programme to hundreds of thousands of people includes wheat flour, pulses and cooking oil.

WFP says it is working to overcome insecurity, checkpoints, and what it called "many other hurdles" in Yemen to reach desperate families unable to feed their children.

Since April, the agency has reached some 2.6 million conflict-affected and severely food-insecure people in 13 of Yemen's governorates.

Even before the war broke out, Yemen imported almost 90 per cent of its basic food from abroad.

The impact of traders being unable to import enough food and safely move it inside the country has reportedly led to a severe spike in prices, which WFP says is increasing the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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