Iran attributes lifting siege prelude to solve Yemen's crisis
Senior Advisor to the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Asghar Khaji and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg discussed the latest developments in Yemen in a phone call on Sunday.
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The top diplomat underlined the role of the United Nations in the Yemeni crisis, highlighting that "distrust" has hampered the progress of the talks and stressed that rebuilding trust should be accompanied by practical measures, especially in humanitarian affairs.
Hans Grundberg for his part underscored that by assessing different points of view, he intended to take into account the concerns of various Yemeni groups in his future plans.
UN refugee agency says millions of Yemenis receive reduced food ration this month.
Millions of Yemenis are experiencing rising hunger amid shortages in food assistance, the United Nations said on Sunday.
"Displaced families in Yemen face rising hunger due to the cut of food assistance," the UN refugee agency UNCHR said on Twitter.
It said over half of four million displaced Yemenis "live in areas categorized as an emergency food situation."
"In January, millions will receive reduced food ration", the UNCHR said, citing that the UN relief and aid agencies in Yemen, including the World Food Program, are running out of funding.
Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.
A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation, causing one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crises, with nearly 80% or about 30 million people needing humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 13 million in danger of starvation, according to UN estimates