Houthis claim to grant permits to 2320 international staff and 5,000 aid trucks in a month

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-10-03 | Since 5 Month

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The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) in Yemen said that it granted "mission-to-work" permits to 2,200 staff members in international organizations and transit permits for 5,576 trucks belonging to the World Food Program and other international organizations operating in its control areas last September.

The Interior Ministry in the Houthi Salvation Government, which controls the capital Sanaa, said it had granted permits to exercise duties for 2,200 international staff, including 119 Arab nationals and 522 foreigners.

The Houthi-run Yemeni news agency "Saba", which is run by the Houthi group, quoted the ministry on Wednesday, it  granted traffic permits and transfers between governorates for 5,000 food trucks, 264 medicine trucks, and 287 shelter trucks during the same period.

A number of UN and international humanitarian organizations operating in Yemen complain of harassment and threats by the Houthis, some of whom accuse them of looting relief materials.

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.

On Wednesday, charged the Yemen`s internationally recognized Yemeni government, the Houthi group (Ansar Allah), continues to "obstruct" the work of international organizations operating in Sana'a, by "intimidating" and "pressing" their staff.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Yemeni "legitimate" government said that the latest obstacles "expelled the representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the withdrawal of travel authorization and forced to leave Sanaa.

The Ministry was considered such practices illustrate to the world the role of the Houthis in weakening the work of international organizations operating in Yemen by intimidating and exerting pressure on their staff, in light of the silence and silence of the international community and the United Nations.

Yemen conflict has triggered 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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