UN Food Charity WFP Warns Assault on Yemen Port Puts 1.1Mln at Risk of Starvation
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) warned Friday the assault on a key Yemeni port by the Saudi coalition could put over a million people at risk of starvation.
"The recent escalation in armed clashes in Hudaydah could result in up to 1.1 million people requiring emergency food assistance," the agency said on Twitter.
WFP teams have been working around the clock since the announcement of the offensive to procure and preposition food stocks and ready-to-eat food packages in the besieged area, Sputnik reported.
The Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf Arab states said it hoped to end an impasse in the four-year war with Houthi Ansarullah movement's fighters controlling the port, but humanitarian agencies fear the assault could cut off the lifeline for Yemenis, most of whom rely on outside help for survival.
On Wednesday, Saudi-led forces launched a full-scale offensive on Hudaydah. As the city is the main entry point for humanitarian aid, some organizations voiced concern over the escalation of the situation.