UN States That Yemen’s Houthi Militia Should Provide Access to Grain Cellars

February 8, 2019

On Thursday (7th February) the United Nations’ humanitarian aid chief asked the Houthi militia in Yemen to allow aid workers imnmediate access to a site that contains a huge amount of unused grain in it. The chief stated that the food stored at the site is enough to feed 4 millions of starving Yemeni people. He also mentioned that the grains are stored in a granary and is on the verge of rotting, while almost 10 million people all across the nation are on the brink of facing a famine.

The Houthis are declining to authorize the UN aid agencies to cross the front line and head towards the Red Sea Mills since September 2018. U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock Stated that the silos is located in a governemnt-regulated area due to security issues. He added that the amount of grain is sufficent and it can feed 3.7 million people for a month.

In November, the Saudi-led coalition reclaimed the area where the Red Sea Mills is situated during their last attack against the Houthis before discussions in Stockholm led to a weak truce for the Hodeida area. However, as the Houthis regulate the access route to the silos, Lowcock stated that the Houthi forces have declined to allow the U.N. aid workers cross the frontlines and reach the mills.

The World Food Program stated that around 51,000 metric tons of wheat is stored in the granary.
Lowcock, who is the relief coordinator of the world body pointed that the Houthis or any parties can’t gain anything by blocking the route. Only, the starving people are suffering because of it. Hence, he pleaded to all parties, especially to Ansar Allah-affiliated groups, to conclude an agreement and ease the entry to the mills in the next few days.

He even mentioned that last month, two of the granaries were hit by rebel mortars. Lowcock stated that as a result some of the grain was ruined, presumably enough to feed hundreds of thousands of people.

The U.N. has been working hard for months to avert a famine in the war-torn nation. Over 24 million people almost 80% of all Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, which includes roughly 10 million people who are on the verge of famine. Yemen is currently facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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