Authorities under the control of the Houthis in the province of Rayma, west of Yemen, destroyed on Sunday 16 tons of food products provided by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) as aid, having proved to be expired and unfit for human consumption.
The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that the local and judicial authorities in the province of Rayma destroyed this amount of food products in a warehouse in al-Gubaien Directorate of the capital of the province and in the presence of officials and local dignitaries and representatives of the judiciary.
The channel was shown pictures of food during the process of destroying and Insects are shown inside wheat bags bearing the logo of the World Food Program.
Al-MasirahTV quoted local officials in Rima province as confirming that these products that were destroyed were seized for more than a month in a number of warehouses of the World Food Program in the provincev and that the process of destroying will continue in the rest of the warehouses of the program in the directorates of the province, pointing out that there are other large quantities of corrupt materials will be destroyed, and the culprits will be attributed corruption of these quantities to the Attorney General.
Relations between the Houthis and WFP are strained, as the program accuses the Houthis of stealing humanitarian aid to the needy in Yemen, while Houthis accused the UN program to tamper with the lives of Yemenis by providing them with corrupt and expired food.
Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict by the government backed by the coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.
More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.
The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organisations.
The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.
And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.