Yemeni Houthis accused of seizure 20 truckloads of relief aid for Ibb hospitals

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-04-22 | Since 4 Month

Trucks Aid WFP

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

The Yemeni "legitimate" government has accused the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) of seizure 20 truckloads of aid belonging to the World Food Program bound for hospitals in Ibb province.

According to Aden-based "Saba" news agency the Minister of Local Administration, the Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief Aid, Abdulraqeeb Fatah, called upon the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarin Affairs, Mark Lowcock and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, to take an urgent act and pressure the Houthi militia to release relief aid trucks and fuel-laden locomotives.

He said: "The recent Houthi act was a violation of the humanitarian ethic and the principles of the United Nations."

Fatah also called on the international community to condemn and criminalize the atrocities committed by the Houthi militia.

Yemen has been racked by bloody conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-backed Houthis who have taken over Sana'a and most populated areas in the north since late in 2014, triggering what the UN dub as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

On December 31, the United Nations' WFP directly accused Houthis of fraud and thieving food aid intended for millions of Yemeni people in need and selling them at markets in rebel-held provinces and cities in north of the country.

WFP director David Beasley said after the Program learnt many people in the Houthi-controlled capital, Sana'a, have not been getting, its own investigation had found "evidence of trucks illicitly removing food from designated food distribution center" in Houthi-controlled areas as well as fraud by a local food aid distributer connected to the Houthis' Education Ministry.

"These incidents of fraud amount to stealing food from the mouths of hungry Yemeni children," AP quoted Beasley as saying while "children are dying in Yemen because they do not have enough to eat.. It's a disgrace, criminal, it's wrong, and it needs to end."

Yemen war has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and 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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