Yemen calls on the United Nations to pressure the Houthis to relief Hodeidah

October 12, 2019

Yemen’s legitimate government on Tuesday called on the United Nations to intervene urgently and put pressure on the Houthi coup militia to bring relief aid to the besieged population in the city of Duraimi in the western province of Hodeidah.

The Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen, Abdul Raqeeb Fateh, denounced the Houthi militia prevented the World Food Program from bringing aid to the people in Duraimi. He described this behavior as “terrorist and contrary to international and humanitarian laws.”

Fatah, in a statement published by the official Yemeni News Agency, called on the UN team from the Swedish agreement to monitor the redeployment to exercise its role in obliging the militias to allow the urgent introduction of aid and recording these violations and to address the international community with all these actions by the coup militias. In coordination with the World Food Program (WFP) and humanitarian organizations to bring aid to Hodeidah Governorate as a result of the urgent humanitarian need of the people in these areas.

The Yemeni official reiterated his call on the international community to put pressure on the militias to allow the organizations quick access to those in need in those areas.

He stressed that the continuation of the coup militias violations against the relief operation proves the scale of terrorism of this group, and the risk of continued control of some areas and provinces, pointing out that these actions and violations must be met with firm and serious positions to end and ensure that they do not recur.

Houthi militias have blocked the UN World Food Program (WFP) for the fourth time since Sweden agreed to deliver humanitarian aid to families (40 families) that the militias use as human shields in residential neighborhoods still under their control in Duraimi, south of Hodeidah

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