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Yemen : Humanitarian Aid Ship Diverted To Another Destination

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Fishermen in Aden

By Chris Arsenault

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) –

Thousands of tonnes of food aid for war-ravaged Yemen have been diverted from the port of Aden because of heavy fighting there, U.N. officials said on Monday.

It is the latest setback for aid agencies trying to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate people in Aden south Yemen.

The ship MV Amsterdam, carrying enough grain and other food aid to sustain 60,000 Yemenis for a month, was unable to dock in the southern port city of Aden as a result of fighting and was diverted to the port of Hodeidah, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a statement.

U.N. officials will try to move the food to Aden by road if the security situation allows, a WFP spokeswoman said.

Aden has been one of the hardest hit areas in more than two months of conflict, including heavy street fighting, between Saudi-backed forces trying to restore the exiled president.

“It’s a humanitarian crisis,” WFP spokeswoman Abeer Etefa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Cairo. “The city has been cut off from supplies for a long time.”

Aden residents have no running water or electricity, and food shops are empty because supplies have not been getting into the city, Etefa said.

Even before the latest violence, many Yemenis were going hungry. Yemen imports around 90 percent of its food and an estimated 16 million people, more than 60 percent of the population, need humanitarian assistance, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported.

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  • The Saudis – may they be damned!

    The Arab monarchs figured out that reversing the Houthi advances in Yemen would have been impossible for them and their western allies to achieve, and hence they resorted to unleashing cruelty upon the people of Yemen out of desperation. For at least half a century, these bloated monarchs had forgotten what the bangs of hunger feel like. They unleashed maximum devastation and destruction on Yemen intended to achieve one goal – and that goal is to make it impossible for the Houthis (and their allies) to run the county. Mission accomplished! One day -and for sure- the oil beneath them will run out. Then they will remember how it feels to be so hungry as is the case now with the wonderful people of Yemen who were already suffering from hunger, poverty and unemployment.