Exclusive: Shipping lines pull back from Yemen as conflict escalates

April 9, 2015 2:51 PM

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Exclusive: Shipping lines pull back from Yemen as conflict escalates

LONDON (Reuters) - International shipping lines are being forced to scale back or suspend port calls to Yemen as the conflict gets worse, putting pressure on supplies of food as prices rise in local markets.

Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of 25 million. Much of its needs had been serviced by foreign ships.

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