A closure of the Hodeida port would “bring disaster to Yemen,” which is already on the brink of famine, the new head of the UN’s World Food Programme warned Wednesday.
There are rising fears that a Saudi-led military coalition fighting rebels in Yemen could attack the Hodeida port, through which most of the country’s food is imported.
A spokesman for the coalition however has denied it plans to launch an offensive on Hodeida.
“Ninety percent of the imports into Yemen come in through the port of Hodeida. Something like 80 percent of all the World Food Programme food comes through that port,” David Beasley told AFP.
“So if that port is shut down for whatever reason, it would bring disaster to Yemen.”
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