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Yemen Urges Aid Funds Transfer via Aden’s Central Bank

Food insecurity in Yemen has worsened in recent months, with half of all families not getting enough to eat, according to United Nations reports.
The Yemeni government is calling for a review of the aid approach and criticizing relief organizations, urging that aid funds be routed through the Central Bank in Aden.
Aid distribution is expected to resume in about four months due to disruptions in the humanitarian food supply chain.
Military conflicts and economic tensions between the Yemeni government and the Houthi insurgency are making the situation even more difficult for the Yemenis.
Jamal Belfaqih, head of Yemen’s Supreme Relief Committee, urges international aid funds to be channeled through Aden’s Central Bank. This move is supported by international organizations and the US Federal Reserve.
Belfaqih stresses that financial transactions involving Sanaa must receive approval from this recognized banking authority.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Belfaqih emphasized the need for international organizations to relocate to liberated areas, adjust humanitarian efforts to meet actual needs, and rebuild trust.
He believes this approach will secure funding, government support, and foster genuine partnerships with the private sector, based on decentralized humanitarian practices.
Belfaqih, also an advisor to Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration, encourages using sea, air, and land routes, including Saudi Arabia’s Jazan port, as unified channels to prioritize and meet regional needs effectively.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed that food insecurity in Yemen remained high through the end of May, reflecting varying levels across economic crisis zones. In regions under Yemeni government control, the rate of food insecurity rose by 54%, compared to 41% in Houthi-controlled areas.
According to a recent FAO report, food insecurity continued to worsen until last May, maintaining a similar level compared to the previous month but marking an 11% increase from the same period last year.

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