Residents of the besieged port city of Hudaydah have received their first aid packages since a truce deal was signed between opposing factions to halt hostilities in the city.
On Thursday, more than 3,200 packages were handed out by The Red Cross to a long line of men, women and children who had waited to receive the food and other necessities.
Commenting on the truce later on Friday, World Food Program spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel welcomed the deal.
“This agreement has the potential to allow the ports of Hudaydah and Saleef to operate at near-normal capacity,” said Verhoosel.
“The free flow of commercial food supplies into Yemen should prevent further increases in food prices, which have sky-rocketed in the last few months.”
The spokesperson, however, stressed that the deal was still “not enough” to address existing humanitarian concerns.
“That’s why we look forward to January or later when the second round of discussions will take place under the Special Envoy’s leadership and we hope that other similar agreements will be reached in other parts of the country.”
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and the country’s former Saudi-backed government agreed on Thursday to withdraw forces from the city in a bid to facilitate aid access to the civilian population which had been greatly hampered by the Saudi-led onslaught on the life-line port.
Upon returning to Yemen on Friday, Houthi chief negotiator Mohammed Abdulsalam described the agreement as a victory for the Yemeni nation.