Yemeni Houthis Accused of Looting Humanitarian Aid

The Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi group has been accused of looting international humanitarian aid in areas under its control.

Asharq Al-Awsat reported that it has received documents from judiciary sources that Houthis have established an entire network to plunder the international relief aid sent to the improvised Yemenis.

Houthi fighters have also reportedly forced relief organizations to give them the personal data of aid beneficiaries.

“Houthis in Sanaa (capital city) have seized several humanitarian aids from the World Food Program (WFP) and sold its aid to the merchants loyal to the Houthi group,” the documents said.

Houthi inspectors had earlier raided a warehouse of a merchant identified as Hamid Hussein al-Kabous, where 131 wheat sacks, 95 tin cans of green peas, each tin weighing 50 kg, and 544 packages of WFP aid have been found and seized.

“But the Houthis tried to hide the report by accusing al-Kabou’s brother, Taha of possessing WFP aid,” Al-Awsat reported citing a source.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Houthi group also restricted the delivery and distribution of UN aid to some 19 million needy Yemenis.

Meanwhile, the Houthi group has asked the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to apply for a permit from them to carry out its humanitarian activities in Houthi-controlled areas across the war-hit country.

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