In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, a man feeds children halas, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. (AP/Hani Mohammed/File)
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United Nations food chief David Beasley said Friday he was hopeful that "good Houthis" would prevail to allow the agency to lift its partial suspension of aid in Yemen and prevent the collapse of the entire humanitarian system.The World Food Program said Thursday it had started a partial suspension of aid in Yemen, citing failure to reach an agreement with the Iran-backed Houthis on controls to prevent food being diverted away from vulnerable people.The decision affects about 850,000 people living in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa out of the more than 10 million people in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country who rely on food provided by the WFP.Beasley said the WFP estimated that at least 10 percent of the $175 million of food aid per month they provided was being diverted in Houthi areas to help fund the conflict.
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