Houthi militias expel international aid organizations and stop the entry of medicines to Yemen

September 7, 2019

Houthi militias have declared war on MSF and prevented the entry of a shipment of medical aid belonging to a  Dutch organization through Sanaa airport and directed to close its drug stores despite UN warnings of blocking the entry of relief aid to millions of needy people in Yemen.

Humanitarian sources confirmed that the Houthi militias prevented, on Thursday, a plane carrying a medical aid ship belonging to MSF from unloading its cargo at Sana’a airport, claiming that the shipment contains semi-expired drugs.

Houthi militias are stealing humanitarian aid arriving in the country and distributed to the areas under the movement and the militants and the black market.

Concurrently, the Minister of Health of the militia government, Taha al-Mutawakil, issued directives to close WHO medical stores in Sana’a and confiscate their contents and refer staff to the prosecution under militia control.

The sources added that these violations against Doctors Without Borders by the Houthis are a prelude to stop them from carrying out their activities permanently in their areas of control.

In the summer of 2017, Houthi militias prevented a UN-chartered plane carrying half a million doses of cholera vaccine from entering Sana’a airport. Cholera killed about 3,000 Yemenis.

UN  Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Muller accused the Houthis, in mid-August, of continuing their interventions in the work of organizations operating in areas under their control and imposing enormous restrictions on them.

In a statement earlier this month, the Security Council called for the safe and unimpeded access of humanitarian workers and flows of humanitarian supplies in Yemen to prevent the diversion of humanitarian assistance.

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