UN Food Program officer dies in Yemen | News

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The United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) confirmed this Friday that one of its workers died in Yemen, where he had just arrived to run an office of the entity.


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According to a statement from that entity, the local office of the United Nations World Food Program confirmed that the officer was "shot dead by unknown persons on Friday afternoon in Turbah, Taiz, in southwestern Yemen."

Moayad Hameidi, which is the name of the officer in question, died shortly after being taken to hospital, always according to WFP information.

The UN said Hameidi had recently arrived in Yemen to take up his new post as head of the WFP office in Taiz. Hameidi, dedicated to humanitarian aid, had worked for WFP for 18 years, including a previous period in Yemen, as well as in Sudan, Syria and Iraq.

The statement states that "the loss of our colleague is a profound tragedy for our organization and for the humanitarian community," declared the WFP representative and director in Yemen, Richard Ragan, who added that "any loss of life in humanitarian service is an unacceptable tragedy."

The Houthis have controlled Sana'a since the war in Yemen began in 2014, due to foreign intervention, which forced one of the country's governments to move to Aden, in the south of the country, which is suffering from the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the planet, according to the UN, which estimates that there are more than 23 million people in need of assistance.

Aid teams are the target of continued threats in Yemen, where according to the UN, one aid worker was killed, two were injured, seven were kidnapped and nine detained in 2022.

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