WFP delivers emergency aid to besieged Taiz

2016-02-15 22:00
Yemenis carry WFP relief supplies. (AP)

Yemenis carry WFP relief supplies. (AP)

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Rome - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday it delivered emergency food supplies for 18 000 people in Taiz, in central Yemen, only the second time this year it has managed to access the besieged city.

Taiz is the country's third largest city. It is partially controlled by forces loyal to internationally recognised President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, and is encircled by Houthi rebels, who were last month accused by Human Rights Watch of blocking relief supplies.

A WFP "convoy entered the area of Al Qahira carrying 3 000 family rations including vegetable oil, wheat, pulses and sugar - enough for a family of six for one month," the Rome-based UN agency, which deals with emergency food assistance, said in a statement.

It said the situation in Taiz was "one step below famine", meaning that at least 20 per cent of its population do not have enough food to eat and that "many face life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition."

WFP said it was operating in Yemen thanks to a $143m donation from Saudi Arabia, which is a party to the Yemeni war. The Sunni Arab kingdom is backing pro-Hadi forces against the mostly Shi'ite Houthis, supported by Iran.

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