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UN to double food aid to Yemen

AFP  |  Geneva 

The UN's Programme (WFP) has said that it will nearly double aid to to reach 14 million people a month -- almost half the war-ravaged country's population.

is in the grip of the world's worst hunger crisis as government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition battles Huthi rebels.

On Wednesday, 35 Yemeni and international NGOs called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the impoverished country, and said 14 million people were "on the brink of famine".

The WFP is providing assistance to about seven to eight million people every day, "but the situation has now got so dire that WFP is preparing to scale up", told journalists in on Thursday.

He added, "Indications are that even greater efforts will be needed to avert The new target of 14 million requires a huge amount of logistic work, outreach, funding and preparation."

The WFP said the violence must stop immediately to give "a chance to pull back from the brink".

"Unless it does, this will become a country of living ghosts, its people reduced to sacks of bones. Humanitarians can only do so much in the face of relentless bombing and unconscionable war tactics that spare no one."

The WFP said it will need more money to provide food to all of those in need.

The budget for eight million people is about $125 million per month, but "as the deteriorates and WFP prepares to scale up its food and nutrition programmes, it is clear our funding requirements are set to increase accordingly".

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 04:42 IST