Yemen: The Houthi militia looting policy

July 27, 2019

Yemeni Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi militia for looting exchange shops and commercial complexes in its areas of control and confiscating millions of riyals a day under the pretext of “new cash editions”.

“The militia is carrying out  robberies by the gangs and the mafia,” he told press. “It refers to the bleak situation of businessmen, the private sector and citizens in areas controlled by the militia.”

He added that “these criminal practices and restrictions on economic activity, which has developed steadily recently fall within the policies of starvation and deliberate impoverishment of citizens and the paralyzing of economic life and the increase of  unemployment  to push them to fight in the ranks of the militia as a last resort to feed their families.

The Yemeni Minister of Information held all those involved in these criminal practices responsible of  crimes of robbery by force and coercion that are punishable by law. He asked the international community and  the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, to take  speed  action to stop these crimes and violations against citizens in areas controlled by the Houthi militia.

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