Assistance to Houthis-held Yemen to be slashed

Assistance to Houthis-held Yemen to be slashed

Alsahwa Net- Reuters- Donors and aid workers have begun talks on slashing volume of humanitarian aid to the Houthis-held territory of Yemen.

Donors and the aid workers say that they no longer certain that food aids reach millions of the needy people.

Sources of the humanitarian aid organizations said that the Houthis authority in north Yemen impedes food aid delivery to the needy people.

“The operating environment in north Yemen has deteriorated so dramatically in recent months that humanitarians can no longer manage the risks associated with delivering assistance at the volume we currently are,” a senior UN official said.

Unless things improve, aid workers and donors will have “no choice” but to reduce assistance, the official said. 

 This would include cutting back some food aid run by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), which feeds more than 12 million Yemenis a month.

The UN says that Yemen is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis and says millions of people are on the verge of starvation.

The Houthis-affiliated Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (SCMCHA), declined to comment on the topic.

Aid agencies have for the past year publicly and privately complained of worsening operating conditions, lack of travel permits and other access restrictions which have left workers in northern Yemen “exasperated”, in the words of one agency employee, and unable to deliver to full capacity.

Donors, U.N. agencies and charities have not publicly declared aid reductions.

However, two sources told Reuters reductions could begin early March after talks with donors this month.

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