Yemen food reserves dwindling as war escalates — ICRC

Internally displaced people sit at a makeshift camp for IDPs in al-Jarahi, south of the Red Sea port city of Houdieda, Yemen, on February 22, 2017. (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)
Updated 28 February 2017
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Yemen food reserves dwindling as war escalates — ICRC

GENEVA, Switzerland: Yemen has food reserves for only 2-4 months, bringing it to the brink of famine as fighting escalates, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday on return from the country.
Robert Mardini, ICRC regional director for the Middle East, called for the lifting of restrictions on the import and movement of goods and voiced concern at the fate of 500,000 people in the port city of Hodeidah as the conflict moves north up the Red Sea coast.
The “lifeline” of aid moving through Hodeidah and other ports is starting to be cut, Mardini told reporters in Geneva. “If this happens of course it will add a huge burden on a swathe of the Yemen territory where millions of people live.”
“In terms of reserves, there are reserves for two, three or four months, I don’t know. But there is an urgent need for re-supply, this is what we can say.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)


France expels high-profile terror convict to Algeria

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France expels high-profile terror convict to Algeria

  • Djamel Beghal was expelled by France, ending years of wrangling over his fate
  • He was linked to the two men behind the deadly 2015 attacks on a French newsroom

ALGIERS: An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland.
Algeria’s official APS news agency says Djamel Beghal was expelled by France on Monday, ending years of wrangling over his fate. Beghal, 52, was linked to the two men behind the deadly 2015 attacks on a French newsroom in Paris and a Paris Kosher grocery store.
There was no official confirmation by France on his expulsion. APS, however, reported late Monday that Beghal was back in Algeria to stand trial for a 2003 conviction in absentia there.
A French court convicted Beghal in 2005 in a US Embassy attack plot and in 2010 for helping an inmate try to flee.