Yemen set to receive three million tons of aid supplies

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Emergency aid being offloaded from a UNHCR vessel at the Hodeidah Port, Yemen. File Photo: UNHCR/A. Zabarah

Three million tons of food and fuel are expected to be delivered by ship to Yemen over the coming week, the World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed.

The Gulf state continues to endure civil conflict following the seizure of the capital, Sana'a, by rebels in September 2014.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

More than 21 million Yemenis, or 80 per cent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict.

Deliveries of food and fuel into the country have stalled, but now the UN food agency has announced that three million tons of supplies are due to be delivered starting on Friday.

WFP's Elisabeth Byrs, explained the current situation in the port city of Aden.

"The food situation is of concern in Aden and is very bad with humanitarian agencies and commercial vessels facing difficulties reaching the port. The security situation remains volatile around the port area and in most of the city, which is suffering from severe shortages of clean water and power cuts."

The conflict in Yemen continues to claim victims.

In the past three months, some 3,000 Yemenis have been killed, half of them civilians.

Some 14,000 have been injured.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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