Houthis Seize Wheat Shipments From WFP

Taiz – (hadramout21) Asharq Al-Awsat
Houthi militias have seized 51 tons of wheat from the World Food Program (WFP) in Hodeidah province, according to Yemen’s official Saba news agency

“This act violates all international and humanitarian laws and contributes to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the suffering of millions of Yemenis,” said Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief Abdul Raqib Fatah

He also called on UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lisa Grande to put pressure on Houthi militias to release the 51 tons of WFP wheat stocks in Hodeidah province that is enough for 3.7 million people, according to WFP spokesman Herve Verheusel

Fatah demanded “the need for the immediate release of wheat and stop of all acts that are related to the relief and humanitarian sides”

He held Houthis fully responsible for doubling Yemeni people’s suffering through the continued detention of relief convoys, looting of aid and putting obstacles in front of local and international relief organizations

The Yemeni Minister of Local Administration stressed the need for the United Nations and the international community to condemn the continuation of the militias to obstruct relief work and put an end to such inhumane actions that directly affect Yemeni people’s lives

He also pointed out that the continued silence towards the militias’ act is unacceptable

In the field, military sources said that more than 40 Houthi militants have died while dozens were injured in battles with the National Army in Hodeidah front during the past 48 hours

Battles have focused on the southern outskirts of the city and spread to the outskirts of the eastern port of Hodeidah and the strategic route linking the supply routes of the coup militias between Sanaa and Hodeidah. Meanwhile, Saudi-led coalition fighters destroyed the militias’ reinforcements and military equipment

Sources said the militias carried their dead and wounded to hospitals of Hodeidah and Bagel cities

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