18,000 people in besieged Taiz receive food aid

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In many areas of Yemen, devastated by conflict, ongoing insecurity hampers WFP's efforts to get food to the people in need. Photo: WFP/Ammar Bamatraf

18,000 people in the central Yemeni city of Taiz have received food aid on Monday, according to the UN food agency, WFP.

Taiz City is in the grip of severe food insecurity and fighting in the area has made access difficult.

At least one in five households in the area are suffering from a severe lack of food.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

WFP has been delivering food assistance to parts of Taiz City since December 2015, reaching as many people in need as possible.

However, heavy fighting in the area has made it difficult to move food into all districts of the city.

The food handed out includes 3,000 family rations of vegetable oil, wheat pulses and sugar.

It's only the second time this year that the UN agency has managed to get a convoy in the city.

The conflict has worsened Yemen's already poor food security situation, adding more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry in less than a year.

According to the UN's 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 7.6 million people in the country are severely food insecure.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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