UN says any damage to food stocks unacceptable

Geneva (Debriefer)
2019-05-10 | Since 2 Week

Yemeni government soldier standing inside the Red Sea Mills, last February

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Any damage to humanitarian food stocks is unacceptable, said the United Nations, noting that its teams are assessing possible damage to the Red Sea Mills (RSM) grain stores that were hit by gunfire on Thursday.

"Any damage to humanitarian food stocks, where deliberately targeted or as collateral damage, is unacceptable when millions in Yemen continue to suffer from crippling shortages of food," the World Food Program's senior spokesman Herve Verhoosel told a press briefing in Geneva.

On Thursday, the Yemeni internationally-recognized government accused Houthi group of retargeting the RSM, leaving damage to a wheat silo, few days after the UN had sent a first group of the RSM staff to re-function the company on 5 May.

Houthis have targeted the RSM silos, in clear violation of ceasefire, said head of the government team in the Redeployment Coordination Committee.

"Targeting the silos by Houthis is aggression aiming to deprive Yemeni people from food aid," General Sagheer bin Aziz added on Twitter, accusing the UN of failing to perform its duties towards the attack.

Last Monday, the WFP gained access to the RSM stores to fumigatethe 51000-ton wheat.

The government and backing Saudi-led coalition accused Houthis last Month of denying access to the warehouses, over which the government had taken control after fierce fighting last year.

Aftergaining access last February, a UN team concluded that about 70 percent of wheat was retrievable.

Hodeida, an entry point for most of the country's humanitarian aid and commercial imports, has become focus of a 4-year war between the Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-backed rebels.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.


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