World Food program expresses concern over truck attack in Tahita

World Food program expresses concern over truck attack in Tahita

The World Food Program (WFP) expressed serious concern over the shelling of a truck belonging to the program last Wednesday while aiding those affected in Tahita, south of Hodeidah Province (western Yemen).

According to a press release, the truck, which had a clear sign of its connection to the World Food Program (WFP), was on its way to the area of Tahita, carrying about 30 tons of food aid.

He added that the cargo was sufficient to cover the needs of approximately 2,000 people for a month.

He noted that an unidentified armed group, only two kilometers from the destination of the final truck, had carried out the attack, resulting in severe injuries to the driver of the truck, who had been taken to hospital where his condition had stabilized.

It said that the amount of food that was aboard the truck remained intact, loaded onto another truck and delivered to the intended destination.

The war in the areas of Tahita and Drihmi has prevented food aid from reaching the besieged area since June, and the food program believes they are in dire need of such assistance. However, it has succeeded in sending food to 33,000 people, or nearly half of the population of Tahita.

The World Food Program (WFP) appealed to all parties to protect civilians, respect humanitarian principles and allow safe food to be delivered to needy Yemeni families, regardless of their whereabouts, especially in areas of active conflict.

Yemen is experiencing the world's biggest hunger crisis, with one-third of its population or 18 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from, including some 8.4 million people on the brink of famine. The program is currently expanding its assistance to 8 million people per month.


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