WFP staffer shot and killed in Yemen

Moayad Hameidi, a Jordanian nationwide, was working in Turbah, within the nation’s southwest. He got here underneath hearth on Friday afternoon, and the establish of the assailants shouldn’t be but recognized.

Head of Taiz workplace

WFP launched a press release expressing deep unhappiness on the information, noting that he had solely not too long ago arrived in Yemen to imagine a brand new job as head of the company’s workplace in Taiz.

Since 2015, a Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally-recognized Authorities has been battling for management of the Arab nation, with Houthi militia, who management the capital and far of northern Yemen.

Taiz is the nation’s third largest metropolis and has been underneath siege by Houthi rebels for round seven years, making a blockade for important items and humanitarian provides for town’s residents.

Tens of 1000’s of civilians have died throughout the grinding battle and the UN estimates that 17 million individuals are nonetheless meals insecure throughout Yemen, with projections exhibiting that by the top of this 12 months the quantity struggling excessive ranges of acute meals insecurity may rise to three.9 million.

Meals help from WFP is essential to keep away from potential famine and a lingering meals safety disaster.

‘Profound tragedy’

The company described Mr. Hameidi, who had labored for WFP for 18 years as a “devoted humanitarian”. He had served beforehand in Yemen, in addition to in Sudan, Syria, and Iraq.

“The lack of our colleague is a profound tragedy for our group and the humanitarian group,” stated Richard Ragan, WFP Consultant and Nation Director in Yemen.  “Any lack of life in humanitarian service is an unacceptable tragedy.”

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