May 10, 2019 / 8:28 AM / 5 months ago

U.N. assessing damage at Yemeni port city grain mills

FILE PHOTO: A shipment of grain is unloaded at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad -/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations are assessing possible damage to grain stores it manages near the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah that were hit by gunfire on Thursday, a spokesman said.

“Any damage to humanitarian food stocks, whether deliberately targeted or as collateral damage, is unacceptable when millions in Yemen continue to suffer from crippling shortages of food,” the World Food Programme’s senior spokesman Herve Verhoosel told a press briefing in Geneva.

Hodeidah, which has become the focus of a four-year war between Saudi-backed government forces and the Iran-aligned Houthi group, is the entry point for most of Yemen’s humanitarian aid and commercial imports.

Reporting Tom Miles, writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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