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Yemen: International Assistance

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 284714, tabled on 2 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that humanitarian organisations are able to operate in Aden in Yemen.

Answered on

9 September 2019

The UK is monitoring the humanitarian impact being felt in the south of Yemen.

Although Aden port remains operational, we are concerned by a backlog of 15,000 containers waiting to be processed. Fighting across the south of the country has also closed many major overland routes, affecting the onward delivery of commercial goods and humanitarian services.

The UK is engaging closely with UN agencies and NGOs on the ground and continues to call on all parties to the conflict to facilitate safe and unhindered humanitarian and commercial access into and throughout Yemen, including for food and fuel, as set out by UN Security Council Resolution 2451 which was drafted by the UK.