WFP inks with Houthis deal on cash assistances

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-08-04 | Since 4 Month

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Houthi group said Saturday it had reached a deal with the World Food Program to distribute relief aid in cash to war-affected people in rebel-held areas.

The WFP and Houthis have inked the pact, and the UN program will start soon distributing the cash aid, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, member of Houthi Supreme Political Council, said without further details.

Under the deal, a field survey would be conducted to select beneficiaries and register them in the biometric system, the Sana'a-based Saba said.

The deal also insists on transparency and accountability in all operations linked to the beneficiary registration and aid delivery.

For months, Houthi rebels have called for aid to be delivered in cash to the needy, after accusing the WFP of abusing the life of Yemenis and providing them with rotten supplies.

The UN agency has accused the group of stealing food aid and, on 20 June, announced partial suspension of its assistance in Yemeni areas under Houthi control.

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government accuses the rebels of trying to misappropriate aid cash that would be easily obtained.

No immediate comment has issued by the WFP on the deal.

The deal was preceded with a meeting to address the joint measures relating to technical steps needed for commencing the new mechanism and moving to cash payments to beneficiaries.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

The war has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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