A United Nations spokesman said Friday, that the UN World Food Program (WFP) began to partially suspend food assistance program to areas in Yemen.
The suspension falls within areas of the country that is under the control of authorities based out of the capital Sanaa, which will affect 850,000 people.
UN spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephen Dujarric said the decision was “taken as a last resort” after negotiations between both parties to introduce controls stopping the diversion of food had stalled.
However, the organization will continue their nutritional programs for millions of children suffering from malnutrition, and pregnant and nursing mothers.
Yemen has been rocked by violence and chaos since 2014, when new government under Saleh backed by Houthi rebels, took control of much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.
The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains, made against the ousted president Mansur Hadi in 2011.
The coalition has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.
However, Saudi Arabia has barred former Yemeni president, Mansur Hadi, along with his sons, aides and military officials, from returning to Yemen.
Thousands of Yemenis, including civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, while another 14 million are at risk of starvation, according to the UN.
Yemen’s civil war has taken a dramatic turn after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels killed their own elected ally president Ali Abdullah Saleh, punishing him for switching sides and seeking peace with Saudi Arabia.
He had ruled Yemen for more than 30 years and was forced to resign in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring political revolution.
According to UN figures, Yemen is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with more than 10 million people driven to the brink of famine. More than 22 million people in Yemen are desperate for humanitarian aid and protection.
The United Arab Emirates control and occupy 4 of the 5 international ports in Yemen. This way the oil proceeds are taken away from the elected government in Sanaa.
Israel and the F-UK-US coalition have been selling arms and weapons to Saudi Arabia to support the genocide, and blocked humanitarian aid for 4 years.
The spokesperson said that some Saudi-backed people were trying to profit by praying on the most vulnerable and diverting food away from where it is most needed.
The organization suggested a biometric system that could identify individuals in order to ensure food reaches families in need of supplies the most.
Dujarric said the WFP “remains optimistic that a way forward can be found and is ready to immediately resume food distribution” once an agreement on the biometrics is reached.
Anadolu Agency / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.