Shippers shun Hodeida due to Yemen insecurity: UN

A convoy of vehicles transporting U.N. envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths drive during a visit to the Red Sea port of Hodeida, Yemen November 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

Operations at Yemen's lifeline port of Hodeida have nearly halved in two weeks, with shipping companies deterred by insecurity in the flashpoint Houthi-held city, the U.N.'s World Food Program said Tuesday.

As 70 percent of imports come in through the vital Hodeidah port, a drop in the arrival of wheat and other supplies would affect food stocks in Yemen where 14 million people are facing possible starvation after nearly four years of war, WFP said.