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Yemeni rebels destroy food in Sanaa

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Yemeni rebels on Tuesday destroyed World Food Program (WFP) food they said was outdated, while the poor country is suffering from malnutrition.

Bulldozers destroyed quantities of materials bearing the WFP logo.

“These quantities of food are spoiled and have many small insects,” Majid Sari, director of investigations at the Public Investigation Department, told AFP.

A UN source confirmed that “ the humanitarian aid destroyed today in Sana’a was supposed to be distributed to families in Taiz in November 2018. But this food ended up stuck at a barrier for months. ‘

A spokesman for the World Food Program (WFP) said the latter “provides food every month to 11 million people in Yemen,” stressing the need “unhindered access to all areas of the country to deliver food assistance to those in greatest need.”

In July alone, food aid was provided to “11.3 million people,” the spokesman said.

“WFP is distributing more than 130,000 tons of food every month in Yemen,” he said.

Yemen is suffering from malnutrition four years after the outbreak of war, but the United Nations suspended the distribution of food aid in rebel-held areas on June 20 after accusations of “embezzlement” and failure to deliver aid to those in need.

Yemeni rebels signed a deal with the World Food Program earlier this month to resume food aid in areas under their control.

Yemen has been at war since 2014 between Houthi rebels close to Iran and forces loyal to the government of recognized President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which escalated in March 2015 as Saudi Arabia intervened at the head of a military alliance in support of government forces.

The war has claimed about 10,000 lives and more than 56,000 wounded since 2015, according to the World Health Organization, but a number of humanitarian officials believe the actual toll is much higher.

There are still 3.3 million displaced people and 24.1 million people, more than two-thirds of the population, need help, according to the United Nations, which describes the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the worst in the world today.

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