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UN: Food aid reached record 12.4 million in Yemen

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Friday that 12.4 million people in Yemen received food aid in August, a record high because it marked the first time aid had reached the entire target group.

But at the same time, WFP said it still needed $ 600 million from donors to deliver uninterrupted food shipments to Yemen over the next six months. He said quotas could shrink from October if the program does not receive funding.

Both Houthi forces and the Saudi-led military coalition have used aid and food as a political tool, exacerbating a crisis the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis amid high rates of severely malnourished children.

“The new figures from the August distribution cycle indicate that WFP has reached a record 12.4 million food-insecure people,” WFP spokesman Herve Verhussel said in a statement. This is the largest number we have ever reached. ”

WFP has already provided food rations to some 11 million Yemenis per month.

WFP halted most of the aid in the capital Sanaa on June 20 out of concern that food could not reach its beneficiaries through a local partner. However, he maintained nutrition programs for malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women.

WFP resumed distributing aid to some 850,000 people two months later in the capital after reaching an agreement with the Houthi authorities who control the city. The program said at the time that it would resort to biometric registration of nine million people living in areas controlled by the Houthis.

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