SANAA, Yemen- A huge fire engulfed warehouses belonging to the World Food Programme (WFP), in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, on Saturday, completely destroying the facilities filled with humanitarian aid, rebel Houthi-controlled state news agency reported.

An unnamed local official in Hodeidah, said that, the fire damaged all humanitarian aid inside the warehouses.

WFP officials could not immediately be reached to comment on the report.

The firefighters put off the fire in the morning. It was not clear what caused the fire and how many storages were destroyed.

Ahmed al-Mazghabi, an official at the local council in the port, said that, the authorities launched an investigation into the accident.

Hodeidah, where 80 percent of Yemen's food imports arrive, is the only port kept by Houthi rebels, after the Saudi-led coalition and the Yemeni government forces recaptured the southern port city of Aden, along with other southern governorates in 2016.

The entire 25 million people of Yemen are dependent on food, fuel and medicine imports, primarily through seaports, and more than 17 million Yemenis, or more than two-thirds of the population, are food insecure, according to the United Nations.


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