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Houthi Militia Blocks UNICEF Humanitarian Aid in Yemen

Sat 12 Dec 2020 | 11:57 PM
Ahmed Moamar

Yemeni sources reported that the Houthi rebels have forced the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to stop the disbursement of financial aid that it was spending on a number of projects that the organization is carrying out in the militia's control areas.

The sources said, according to the (Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath) news channel on Saturday that the Houthi militia prevented UNICEF from disbursing the financial aid it allocated as incentives for teachers and salaries for rural teachers in militia-controlled areas.

The officials of the UN organization emphasized that one of the leaders of the Houthi militia named Ahmed Hamed “ who is nicknamed as Abu Mahfouz”, who works as the director of the office of the so-called head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council, is the one who asked UNICEF to pay him large sums of money in exchange for allowing them to continue disbursing and distributing the sums it disburses, whether for social security or for teachers.

The sources pointed out that UNICEF apologized for paying any money to the Houthi leader, which made him issue a decision to prevent the distribution of any money.

They noted that among those projects UNICEF had allocated funds for the restoration and rehabilitation of some schools.

UNICEF held the Houthis fully responsible in the event that teachers stopped. For the exercise of their educational tasks.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militia is extorting and robbing all humanitarian organizations operating in their areas of control

In June,  UNICEF warned that the severe shortage of humanitarian aid in Yemen due to the Coronavirus, threatens additional numbers of children with death from malnutrition.

Millions of children in Yemen could be on the brink of starvation, according to a report authored by the experts of the organization.

The report warns that the health sector was devastated by civil war in Yemen.