WFP warns of increasing hunger in war-torn Yemen

2016-10-27 08:00
A girl carries a box of high energy biscuits received from the WFP. (Johannes Eisele, AFP)

A girl carries a box of high energy biscuits received from the WFP. (Johannes Eisele, AFP)

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Sana'a - The World Food Programme has warned of a worsening food crisis in war-wracked Yemen, saying the 19-month conflict has increased hunger and malnutrition.

The WFP issued its statement on Tuesday after visiting impoverished neighbourhoods and hospitals in the western province of Hajjah and the coastal province of Hodeida.

"Hunger is increasing every day and people have exhausted all their survival strategies," said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. He said millions of people could not "survive without external assistance".

The conflict in Yemen escalated when Houthi rebels took control of the capital and much of the northern region, prompting a Saudi-led coalition to intervene in March last year to restore the internationally-recognised government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

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