UN buys 105,000 tonnes of wheat for starving Yemen

June 7, 2018

A United Nations (UN) aid agency has recently purchased a total 105,000 tonnes of milling wheat to be shipped to Yemen, European traders said on Wednesday.

The wheat is expected to be sourced from the Black Sea region, most likely Romania.

It will be shipped in several consignments between June and August.

The UN has been providing widespread food aid to Yemen as the conflict continues in the country.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Sunni Muslim allies entered the war three years ago to try to drive back the Houthis, a Shi'ite group that forced a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014.

Last month the US-backed coalition said it had foiled attacks by explosives-laden speedboats deployed by the Houthis against commercial vessels, including an oil tanker, in the Red Sea, and in April a Saudi oil tanker was hit off of Hodeidah, suffering limited damage.

Yemen's war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced three million and pushed the impoverished country to the verge of starvation.