The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen provided all facilitation and necessary clearances for the WFP-chartered container ship (AS PAOLA) to move medical equipment and food assistance from Port of Jeddah to Hodeida Port, that has been under the Houthi militia's control for the past five years.
The container ship departed Port of Jeddah on Monday (June 1st) headed to Hodeida Port in Yemen, its arrival is expected Wednesday morning.
The container ship (AS PAOLO) is providing shipping services for the World Food Programme for humanitarian and relief action in Yemen, following one of the two WFP previously chartered ships could not be used to continue shipping services due to entering quarantine period in Port of Hodeida.
These facilitations are under the Coalition's framework of support to relief organizations operating in Yemen to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to the Yemeni people, and that it reaches the ones truly in need, as a result of the deteriorating humanitarian situation due to the coup of the Houthi militia against the Yemeni government.
The container ship is en-route to Port of Hodeida carrying 1,869 MT of medial equipment and 8,867 MT of food assistance under the Programme's humanitarian and relief efforts in Yemen.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the top donor for the WFP operations in Yemen over the past five years through the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plans.
Under the Houthi militia's intransigence and deliberate deepening of Yemenis' suffering in areas it controls or cities it besieges, and obstruction of UN and Non-governmental organizations work, the executive director of the UN WFP, David Beasley, said when he addressed the United Nations Security Council regarding the militia's pillaging of WFP-provided assistance: "In Yemen we're fortunate enough to have the money we need…we just don't have the access."
The Official WFP twitter account published the address tweeting the said obstruction and that the World Food Programme is being prevented from feeding the hungriest people in Yemen, and that food assistance provided by the United Nations is being diverted in areas controlled by the terrorist Houthi militia at the expense of children, women and men.