UN funds for 22,000 displaced families from Hodeidah

UN funds for 22,000 displaced families from Hodeidah

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Sunday it has provided cash assistance to 22,000 displaced families from Hodeidah province, western Yemen, during August last August.

"In response to the growing needs of the displaced from Hodeidah, cash assistance has been distributed to 22,000 displaced families, the equivalent of 140,000 people," the organization said in a report obtained by Andolu.

"This assistance is worth two billion Yemeni riyals (nearly $4 million), without mentioning the amount provided to each family," the report said.

According to the report, "73 per cent of the amounts provided were for displaced persons ' shelters, such as housing rental grants."

"UNHCR has also provided relief assistance to 100,000 displaced people from Hodeidah since last June," he said.

"UNHCR will continue to expand as the number of civilians fleeing their homes grows and humanitarian and protection needs increase in the province," the report said.

The organization expressed its dismay at the recent escalation of hostilities in Hodeidah Governorate, noting that it was following with concern the events and the resulting increase in humanitarian needs and protection.

It called on all conflicting parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Last Thursday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen announced the displacement of more than 76,000 families due to the fighting in Hodeidah province since last June.

Since June 13, government forces, with the support of the Arab coalition, have been carrying out a military operation to liberate Hodeidah and its strategic port on the Red Sea from al-Houthi militants, during which they have taken control of several areas.

For nearly four years, Yemen has been witnessing a war between government forces and the Houthis, in control of governorates, including Sana'a since 2014.

The war has left very poor living and health conditions, and most of the country's population needs humanitarian assistance.


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