Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 28th November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports by the World Food Programme and other aid agencies that millions of Yemenis are dependent on aid and half the population faces starvation, what plans they have to support the removal of the Saudi Arabian blockade of Yemen.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

There is no blockade in Yemen, although measures are in place to prevent the flow of arms into Yemen in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2216. The Government continues to lobby all parties to facilitate rapid, safe and unhindered commercial and humanitarian access.

DFID is funding the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to speed up the clearance process for shipments of essential food and fuel to Yemen. We are also funding the World Food Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to deliver food and treat severe malnutrition. In 2015/16, UK aid provided food aid, cash and vouchers to over 700,000 Yemenis.

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