UN considers using other seaports to deliver foodstuffs to Yemenis

UN considers using other seaports to deliver foodstuffs to Yemenis

The UN is considering the use of alternative seaports to deliver foodstuffs to Yemenis if Hudeidah Port is attacked, Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has said.

Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said the aid effort was on a "knife edge" due to insufficient funding, despite the threat of famine. The U.N. has received only 7 percent of its $2.1 billion appeal for 2017.

Yemen's main port at Hodeida is badly damaged and has been short of cranes. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has already switched to using Aden port in the south.

"We face an enormous difficulty bringing material into the country because of the coalition's activities on the open seas and the delays in bringing vessels into Hodeida, which is the main port for us to supply humanitarian and commercial goods in to the country," McGoldrick told a Geneva news briefing, speaking by telephone from Sana'a.

 

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