UN says delivering aid to Yemen port city during attack, considers airlift

File photo showing workers unloading wheat provided by UNICEF from a cargo ship docked in the western Yemen port of Hodeidah, January 27, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
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UN says delivering aid to Yemen port city during attack, considers airlift

  • UN in Yemen is drawing up options to ensure aid delivery to Yemenis “in case of a siege of Hodeidah.
  • The United Nations delivered food and other vital aid supplies to the Yemeni port of Hodeidah Wednesday.

GENEVA: The United Nations delivered food and other vital aid supplies to the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on Wednesday even as a Saudi-led coalition carried out naval shelling and air strikes on the city, the top UN humanitarian official in Yemen told Reuters.
Lise Grande, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, speaking by telephone from the capital Sanaa, said that her office was drawing up options to ensure aid delivery to millions of Yemenis “in case of a possible siege of Hodeidah,” including a humanitarian airlift.
“We are distributing food, hygiene and nutritional supplies, shelter materials. We have a ship offloading food even as shelling and bombing is happening,” Grande said. “The UN is already taking steps in case of a possible siege including airlift capability.”


Tunisia arrests people smuggler after 87 drowned

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Tunisia arrests people smuggler after 87 drowned

  • Tunisia on Friday arrested the main organiser of a migrant smuggling operation after at least 87 people drowned when their boat sank off the southern coast this month.
  • The boat sank off Kerkenna island from where it had set out. Dozens of people were rescued by the coastguard.

TUNIS: Tunisia on Friday arrested the main organiser of a migrant smuggling operation after at least 87 people drowned when their boat sank off the southern coast this month, the government said.
The boat sank off Kerkenna island from where it had set out. Dozens of people were rescued by the coastguard.
The Defence Ministry said the man was arrested on Friday along with another man described as his business partner, a military man, who was trying to take them out of Kerkenna in his car.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed this month sacked Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem and 10 security officials for failing to stop the boat. Security forces have since cracked down on migrant smugglers in several parts of Tunisia.
"The security forces arrested the main organiser of the illegal immigration operation in Kerkenna," the Interior Ministry said.
His partner was a military man, according to the Defence Ministry. The men were not identified.
Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading to Europe as Libya's coastguard, aided by armed groups, has tightened control.
Tunisia stopped about 6,000 migrants leaving its coast for Europe in the first five months of the year, a sharp increase from the few hundred prevented in the same period last year, an Interior Ministry official told Reuters.
The North African country is suffering a deep economic crisis since the toppling of autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 threw Tunisia into turmoil with unemployment and inflation shooting up.