The Yemeni "legitimate" government's High Relief Committee on Sunday called on the United Nations to intervene to release shipments of medicines to cancer patients detained in the central Yemeni province of Ibb and to take all measures to deliver aid to its beneficiaries.
According to Aden-based the High Relief Committee (HRC) appealed to the UN's Secretary General, Under-Secretary of UN for Humanitarian Affairs, Coordinator of Emergency Relief Mark Lowcock and UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen Lise Grande to immediately intervene to help ending the Houthi militia's detention of cancer medicines in governorate of Ibb.
The committee said in the statement that the Houthis's detention of cancer drugs risking the lives of 3000 patients in the governorate of Ibb.
The statement added that 50% of cancer drugs have already run out in the only single Tumors Center specialized in cancer treatment.
The statement added that the Houthis had already detained more than 25 trucks last month of the World Food Program carrying relief aid and oil derivatives for hospitals in the province of Ibb.
The Commission accused the Houthi group of attacking and harassing the relief organizations in the country, the latest being the shooting of the CARE team in Ibb province and the seizure of 279 food baskets.
It also called on international officials to urgently press the group to stop such practices, which it called "terrorist crimes."
"The continued silence of Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande on these practices is unfortunate and unacceptable and encourages the coup militia to further detain the relief and pharmaceutical convoys of the Yemeni people in the uninhabited areas, in the absence of interference to stop such acts," the government committee said.
The Committee renewed its call on the international community to assume its responsibilities and to take all measures to guarantee aid to its beneficiaries and to take measures to prevent the recurrence of incidents of detention and looting of aid and to take firm and unified positions on the actions and violations of Huthis against relief operations.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.
Yemen over 4-year war 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.