Houthi Minister: Coalition targeted customs center to destroy economy and drying up revenues

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-19 | Since 1 Year

Governorate of Ibb

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

A minister in the government of the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition by aggressively trying to destroy the Yemeni economy and drying up the remaining revenue available to Houthis government.

The Minister of Finance in the Government of the "salvation" of the Houthis, Rashid Abu-Lohoum in statement seen by Debriefer international news agency: "The coalition warplanes launched air raids after midnight on Friday on "Maytam' Customs Control Center in the central province of Ibb.

"The center was packed with food trucks and various goods belonging to private sector traders from different governorates." he said.

Abu-Lahoum did not speak of casualties after the airstrikes by Coalition warplanes, but considered that the targeting of customs as "targeting the United Nations itself which uses these outlets for its humanitarian work in Yemen as it sees as undermining the efforts of the United Nations in the implementation of the Swedish agreement on port revenues and neutralize the economy" .

The targeting of the center was considered "a serious trend that clearly reflected the Coalition's relentless and continuous efforts to destroy the private sector and the diverse national capital of various banks, exchange companies, factories and trade".

"The coalition's targeting of the "Maytam" Center is part of its policy of destroying the national economy, drying up and scraping the remaining revenues available to the Government of Salvation," he said, adding that "The coalition seeks to target all the elements that use its meager revenues to finance the state institutions' Pay it as salaries to its employees."

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.

The Houthi authorities reap large amounts of "Maytam" customs control center and many similar centers in a number of governorates under these authorities.

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.

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