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UN's World Food Programme warns of Yemen food crisis

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By Mark Armstrong
UN's World Food Programme warns of Yemen food crisis

The World Food Programme in Yemen is warning that the war-torn country's food crisis will be made much worse if the port of Hodeidah is damaged or destroyed. The UN organisation imports over half of all aid to Yemen through the port and says that while there are alternatives getting food to where its needed would be so much more difficult.

"So, while we're not sure what will happen in the future, we are appealing to protect infrastructure, critical infrastructure, such as the port, such as the warehouses, such as the cranes, such as the mills," explained the WFP's Yemen Director Stephen Anderson.

Houthi rebels have occupied Hodeidah and its port since October 2014, but the Yemeni government and a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition launched an offensive to take it back earlier this year.