WFP started partial suspension of its operations in Houthi-Held areas
The World Food Program (WFP) started on Thursday a partial suspension of its operations in areas that are controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
“The decision was taken as a last resort after lengthy negotiations stalled on an agreement to introduce controls to prevent the diversion of food away from some of the most vulnerable people in Yemen,” the agency said.
The WFP said it failed to reach an agreement with the Houthis on introducing “a biometric registration system that would prevent diversion and protect the Yemeni families we serve, ensuring food reaches those who need it most.”
The agency said it has repeatedly appealed to the militias for “space and freedom to operate … impartiality” and with operational independence.
WFP said it would maintain nutrition programs for malnourished children, and pregnant and nursing mothers throughout the period of suspension.