Houthis seize medicine cargos for cancer patients

Houthis seize medicine cargos  for cancer patients

Alsahwa Net- The Iran-backed Houthis have been seizing medicine cargos for cancer patients in Ibb governorate for several days.

The Higher Committee for Relief has demanded the United Nations organization working in Yemen to immediately intervene and release the medicines.

In a statement, the committee said that the medicine seizure risks the life of more than 3000 cancer patients in Ibb, stressing that the cancer treatment center of Ibb governorate urgently lacks medicines.

The statement considered the Houthis’ acts as crimes against the community, pointing out that the silence of the UN organizations is unacceptable, and encourages the Houthis to commit more crimes. 

Houthis seized last week 189 assistance trucks in the eastern entry of Ibb governorate for four weeks.

Local sources told Alsahwa Net that the seized trucks carried assistances from several international relief organizations including the World Food Programme.

The sources said the Houthis refuse the delivery of assistance because they put the condition of bringing the assistance though Hodeida Airport which is run by them.

The sources also said that the Houthis want to impose taxes and customs fees on assistance and reserve 30% of them for the Houthis.

They only released the trucks after officials of the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF held intensified meetings with Houthi leaders in Sana’a to persuade them to release seized food trucks seized in the governorate of Ibb.

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