OCHA threatens to suspend assistance programs in Yemen

OCHA threatens to suspend assistance programs in Yemen

Alsahwa Net- T he United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has threatened to suspend its assistance programs in Yemen if the Houthis continue stealing assistances.

In a press conference held in Riyadh on Wednesday, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that the Houthis prevented the delivery of relief to Yemenis more than once, signaling out that the legitimate Yemeni government and the Arab Coalition cooperated with the United Nations to deliver assistances to Yemenis.

Media reports have revealed stealing of food assistance by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

According to CNN, the Houthis steal food assistance on a scale far greater than has been reported before.

A CNN undercover investigation has found dozens of areas in the war-torn country where -- on paper -- aid has been delivered. But in reality, many families are not being helped.

According to sources of the Houthi-run Health Ministry in Sana’a, the Houthi rebels have been accused of looting millions of dollars worthy humanitarian assistance, which were allotted to workers in health centers in the areas run by the Houthis,.

The sources affirmed that Houthi leaders could falsify documents and thus received financial amounts allocated for health workers from international organizations.

The sources affirmed that most Yemeni health workers do not receive any salaries and that caused the closure of many health centers, pointing out that Houthi leaders are selling medical supplies and medicines.

Moreover, The UN World Food Programme accused last month the Houthis of looting trucks of assistances provided to the Yemeni hungry people.

WFP demanded an immediate end to the diversion of humanitarian food relief in Yemen after uncovering evidence of the practice in the capital Sana’a and other parts of the country controlled by the Houthi Movement”.

 

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