GENEVA / YEMEN HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

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Fighting in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah which has damaged a World Food Programme (WFP) storage facility threatens to hamper efforts to feed millions of people in the war-torn country, the organization said on Friday. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / YEMEN HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations.
2. Med shot, speakers.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP):
“The ongoing clashes taking place near the Red Sea Mill Silos, a critical facility for WFP operations, could impact our ability to feed up to 3.5 million very hungry people in northern and central Yemen for one month.”
4. Med shot, journalists.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP):
“A mortar shell launched by an unidentified armed group also hit a WFP warehouse in Hudaydah city holding enough food to assist 19,200 very hungry people.”
6. Med shot, journalists.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP):
“In August and despite high levels of conflict in southern Hudaydah, we provided emergency food assistance to around 700,000 people, out of 900,000 people in the governorate considered to be at highest risk.”
8. Med shot, journalist.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP):
“We condemn any attempt by any side of the conflict to use humanitarian aid and facilities as a tool in this violent conflict and appeal to all parties to the conflict to let aid workers do their work. WFP warehouses, trucks, facilities, silos and most importantly staff are neutral and should not be used by any party to the conflict or targeted by any party to the conflict.”
10. Med shot, journalist.

STORYLINE:

Fighting in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah which has damaged a World Food Programme (WFP) storage facility threatens to hamper efforts to feed millions of people in the war-torn country, the organization said on Friday.

Herve Verhoosel, a spokesperson for the WFP told reporters in Geneva today “ongoing clashes taking place near the Red Sea Mill Silos, a critical facility for WFP operations, could impact our ability to feed up to 3.5 million very hungry people in northern and central Yemen for one month. A mortar shell launched by an unidentified armed group also hit a WFP warehouse in Hudaydah city holding enough food to assist 19,200 very hungry people.”

According to WFP, the security situation in Hudaydah is “deteriorating rapidly” and threatens humanitarian assistance to the city and surrounding areas, where needs are among the highest.

In another incident at the end of last month, a WFP truck was hit by shellfire while carrying out a delivery to Al Tuhayta in southern Hudaydah. The truck, clearly marked with a WFP banner, was carrying around 30 tons of food assistance, enough for nearly 2,000 people for one month. It was hit by an unidentified armed group two kilometres from its final destination, seriously injuring the driver.

The continuing violence is part of an offensive launched on Hudaydah in June by coalition forces supporting the internationally recognized Government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. It marks the latest escalation in more than three years of conflict between Government forces and the Houthi opposition, which controls the Red Sea port and the capital, Sana’a.

Hudaydah port is critical to the humanitarian effort in Yemen, the UN insists, because it is a primary gateway for food, fuel and medicine into the impoverished country, which imports nearly all of its daily needs.

Despite the deteriorating security situation, WFP’s operations are ongoing, Verhoosel said, “and we will do everything we can to ensure our operations continue throughout the region without interruption”.

He explained that in August “despite high levels of conflict in southern Hudaydah, we provided emergency food assistance to around 700,000 people, out of 900,000 people in the governorate considered to be at highest risk”.

Throughout Yemen around eight million people are close to famine “and we cannot afford any activities that would disrupt our operations aiming to provide food and nutrition”, the UN spokesperson said. He also reminded the warring sides that humanitarian workers should not be targeted and that the UN agency would “hold parties accountable” for any attacks on its facilities.

He said “we condemn any attempt by any side of the conflict to use humanitarian aid and facilities as a tool in this violent conflict and appeal to all parties to the conflict to let aid workers do their work. WFP warehouses, trucks, facilities, silos and most importantly staff are neutral and should not be used by any party to the conflict or targeted by any party to the conflict.”
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