Yemen: Ports

Department for International Development written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the amount of food, medicine and fuel arriving at Hodeidah port.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK government is providing £1.3 million in funding to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) this financial year to facilitate commercial imports into Hodeidah and Saleef ports by giving the coalition confidence that weapons are not coming in on large commercial ships. We have also deployed UK maritime experts to Djibouti to help further boost the inspections process, increasing the proportion of physical inspections by more than ten-fold.

The UK continues to urge all parties to the conflict to facilitate full and unhindered access for humanitarian and commercial supplies, such as food, medicine and fuel, through Hodeidah port.

Hodeidah port currently remains open and we are closely monitoring imports through it. In August, Hodeidah accounted for 64% of total bulk food imports and 54% of total fuel imports into Yemen.

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