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Yemeni Minister: Houthis Continue to Seize Relief Trucks

Yemeni Minister: Houthis Continue to Seize Relief Trucks

Monday, 27 August, 2018 - 11:00
A Houthi militant in Yemen. (AFP)
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Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee Abdel Raqib Fatah called on UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande to intervene urgently and take the proper measures to allow the entry of medical teams to affected areas in Hodeidah.

He urged her to provide support and care for the population in the province and immediately release relief trucks that were seized by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in the provinces of Hodeidah, Ibb and Dhamar.

He called on her to condemn the militias clearly and explicitly and hold them fully responsible for obstructing the work of humanitarian organizations.

He demanded that solutions be reached to prevent the recurrence of these violations that are exacerbating the suffering of the people.

UN agencies and the Security Council must be presented with all the terrorist acts committed by the militias against relief and humanitarian work, he added to the Saba news agency.

The minister denounced the militias’ barring of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) medical teams from entering the Durayhimi region in southern Hodeidah where they were seeking to provide humanitarian support to the people.

He also condemned the Houthis’ continued seizure of a number of relief trucks in Hodeidah, Ibb and Dhamar and the establishment of checkpoints in regions under their control to capture these trucks and force relief organizations to pay high fees.

Fatah slammed these "terrorist acts and violations of the international humanitarian laws,” demanding that the international community assume its responsibility in preventing them.

Furthermore, he hailed the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s cooperation in relief aid efforts, including its granting of permits to ICRC teams to enter Yemen and offer healthcare to the people of Hodeidah.

He renewed the legitimate government’s commitment to present aid to all Yemeni provinces and to facilitate the mission of aid organizations.

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