Food shipment for 180,000 people arrives in Yemen

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The MV Han Zhi carrying enough food to feed 180,000 people for one month docked today at Aden's oil port of Al-Buraiqa. Photo: WFP/ Ammar Bamatraf

A ship carrying food which will feed 180,000 people for a month has arrived in the Yemeni port city of Aden.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was the organization's first chartered ship to berth at the southern port since conflict erupted in Yemen in March.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The MV Han Zhi with 3,000 metric tons of food docked at Aden's oil port of Al-Buraiqa on Monday.

Although the ship had arrived off the Yemeni coast on 26 June, it was forced to wait over three weeks for a safe window to berth.

Fighting continues in Yemen between government forces and rebels who have taken over a number of cities.

Reem Nada is based in Cairo, Egypt for WFP.

“This is a breakthrough in our operations in Yemen, because it’s vital for us to be able to reach the south, directly by the port because it does speed up our operations. We can reach more people that way, in the south especially, that is really suffering and coming under the fighting, that has been taking months so far.”

A recent WFP assessment put the number of food-insecure people in Yemen at close to 13 million.

This includes more than 6 million people who cannot survive without external assistance.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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