The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated USD 1.7 million in urgent food aid for conflict-affected civilians in northern Yemen as well as Somali refugees in the south. Most of the aid ? USD 1.2 million ? is for the alleviation of the humanitarian situation in the northern governorate of Saada where fierce clashes between government forces and Shia rebels have left thousands displaced and many dead or injured. The donation included 2,540 metric tons of wheat, wheat flour, kidney beans, green peas and rice, which will be distributed by the UN World Food Program (WFP). (IRIN)

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