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WFP: More Yemen Deaths Feared          11/20 06:13

   The head of the World Food Program in Yemen said on Monday that millions of 
Yemenis face the risk of more deaths as aid deliveries cannot get to those in 
need because of the continuing blockade of the war-ravaged country by the 
Saudi-led coalition.

   CAIRO (AP) -- The head of the World Food Program in Yemen said on Monday 
that millions of Yemenis face the risk of more deaths as aid deliveries cannot 
get to those in need because of the continuing blockade of the war-ravaged 
country by the Saudi-led coalition.

   Speaking to The Associated Press by telephone from Sanaa, Stephen Anderson 
said it is "heartbreaking" that millions in Yemen depended on sustained access 
to humanitarian aid. Of a population of 26 million, some 17 million Yemenis do 
not know where their next meal is coming from and 7 million are totally 
dependent on food assistance.

   Humanitarian flights to the northern, rebel-held parts of Yemen have been 
grounded amid the blockade imposed by the coalition in response to a rebel 
missile attack near the Saudi capital, Riyadh, earlier this month. The missile 
was struck down but it marked the closest that a rebel projectile had come to 
the kingdom's capital.

   After widespread international criticism of its blockade, Saudi Arabia said 
last week it would reverse its closure of Yemen's sea ports and airports --- 
though not those in the hands of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

   On Sunday night, a coalition airstrike in the northern Yemeni province of 
Jawf killed 10 civilians, including four women and two children, according to 
security officials and tribal sources in the area.

   The airstrike targeted a house amid intense fighting in the area between 
forces loyal to Yemen's coalition-backed and internationally recognized 
government, and the Iran-backed Houthis, the officials said, speaking on 
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

   There was no immediate word from the coalition on the airstrike or its 
intended target. The coalition, which began its war against the Houthis in 
2015, claims the rebels often use civilians as human shields.

   The civil war in Yemen, an impoverished Arab nation in the southwest of the 
Arabian Peninsula, has killed at least 10,000 civilians since it broke out in 
2014.


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