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OCHA on the Situation in Yemen - Security Council Media Stakeout (11 June 2018)

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Press briefing by Mark Lowcock (OCHA) on the situation in Yemen.
The United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock reiterated today that Hodeidah port is “absolutely essential” for bringing the humanitarian assistance in Yemen and warned of “catastrophic” consequences if the port is not operated effectively for any period of time.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council this morning in a closed-door consultations on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
Asked about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the Emergency Relief Coordinator told reporters “90 per cent of the food and fuel and the medicines that are consumed in Yemen are imported, 70 per cent of them come through Hodeidah. Seven million people are completely relying every month on food and more than seven million on other assistance, from humanitarian organizations.”
Lowcock also asked the support from the Security Council to ensure that “all state holders work together to ensure Hodeidah and Salif port remain open and operational without interruption, so that we can ensure continues humanitarian relief at adequate levels of essential commercial imports as well.”
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