UN finalises accord with Houthis to resume food aid

The UN and the Houthis (Ansarallah) on Sunday (August 4th) announced an agreement to resume delivery of food aid suspended for six weeks in areas controlled by the Iran-backed group, AFP reported.

The agreement was signed Saturday in Sanaa, Houthi-controlled media said.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) "signed a high level agreement that is an important step towards safeguards that guarantee the accountability of our humanitarian operation in Yemen", WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel told AFP.

"We are hopeful that technical details can be agreed in the coming days," he added.

On July 18th, WFP head David Beasley announced an agreement in principle was reached with the Houthis to resume food aid to the areas they control.

The UN had suspended deliveries of food aid to Houthi-held areas on June 20th following accusations of "diversion of food" meant for Yemeni civilians.

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