Yemen

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General (29 November 2017) - Yemen

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As we told you earlier this week, UN humanitarian flights to Yemen resumed on 25 November. Two commercial vessels carrying food have arrived in Hodaidah, carrying a total of 35,020 metric tonnes of wheat and flour. Three vessels carrying a nearly 65,000 metric tonnes of food have been cleared by the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism and are awaiting permission from the Saudi‑led Coalition to enter Hodaidah port. Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, while some food has started to reach Yemen, it is not sufficient to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. In Yemen itself, the cost of diesel as doubled, while the price of petrol has risen by more than 70 percent and cooking gas by 18 per cent. It is critical that fuel reaches all Yemeni ports immediately — fuel is essential to operate generators for hospitals and water pumps, as well as to deliver drinking water and food.