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UN: Close to Deal to End Aid Suspension in Yemen’s Capital

The head of the World Food Program said Thursday that his agency is close to reaching agreement with Houthi rebel leaders to end a suspension of food aid in areas of Yemen that the group controls.   “As of this moment, we have an agreement in principle, but it is not a signed agreement as of yet,” David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP told a U.N. Security Council meeting on Yemen. “But once it is resolved we are ready to begin implementing this agreement immediately. We will have food back on the streets in Sana'a in a matter of just days.”   Last month, Beasley ordered a partial suspension of food distribution in the capital, Sana'a, which is controlled by Houthi rebels. He said it was necessary because the rebels were diverting aid for profit and not allowing aid agencies to operate independently.   The suspension affected about 850,000 people. Programs for malnourished children and pregnant and nursing mothers in those areas were allowed to continue.  FILE - Yemenis displaced from the port city of Hodeida receive humanitarian aid donated by the World Food Programme (WFP) in the northern province of Hajjah, Sept. 25, 2018.“While this agreement will help ensure the right people get the food, it will also allow the accountability framework required to start cash programs,” Beasley said. “Cash will help stimulate the local economy and help stabilize the riyal which will have a multiplier effect bringing benefits to everyone in Yemen, not just the 12 million that we are providing assistance to on a daily basis.”   More than two-thirds of Yemen’s 30 million population are food insecure, of which 10 million are severely food insecure. The U.N. says 14 million people are in acute need and another 10 million require some form of humanitarian assistance or... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, UN: Close to Deal to End Aid Suspension in Yemen’s Capital, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you UN: Close to Deal to End Aid Suspension in Yemen’s Capital

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 18 July

 

 

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