The Executive Director of the World Food Program, Ertharin Cousin, said that the Yemeni crisis has significantly worsened the humanitarian situation in the country, and has increased the number of people suffering from hunger by more than 3 million people in just one year.
She said that more than 7.6 million people in Yemen need food aid deliveries.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Cousin also confirmed that there has been a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria as a result of the conflict.
She said that 8.7 million Syrians are in need of food aid. This means that three out of every four people in Syria are suffering from poverty.
Cousin stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to fight hunger around the world and said that Riyadh has provided the largest amount of support in the history of the WFP.