According to the Yemen IPC NTWG, an estimated 17 million Yemenis, 60% of the population, are in crisis or worse (IPC phase 3 and 4) food insecurity due to ongoing conflict, restrictions on food and fuel imports, and high food prices. Access to ports is critical for commercial traders and humanitarian organizations, since Yemen is dependent on imports to meet basic food and fuel needs.
Humanitarian organizations are concerned an increase in conflict and insecurity along the western coast of Yemen and near the port of Al Hudaydah, the main port for commercial and humanitarian deliveries, will restrict access and impact commercial and humanitarian imports. Humanitarian operations are further hindered by bureaucratic impediments, damage to roads and bridges, and low levels of funding.
- US Department of State - Humanitarian Information Unit