Houthi restrictions on aid deprive 10.9 million Yemenis of food

A recent UN report confirmed that humanitarian agencies in Yemen faced obstacles nearly 3,000 times that prevented the delivery of aid to those who deserve it, noting that the Houthis have placed multiple restrictions in this regard.

During the year, humanitarian partners reported 2,928 incidents of denying access to aid to people in need during 2021, leaving 10.9 million people private of food, said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs “Yemen: Annual Overview of Humanitarian Access 2021 “indicated that the Houthi militia has intensified bureaucratic and logistical obstacles and security risks, impeding the ability of humanitarian agencies to provide assistance.

According to the report published by the Yemeni “Agency of 2 December”, more than 90 percent of the no-access incidents in areas controlled by the Houthi militias, reported in 2021, are related to bureaucratic constraints and include denial of travel permits or delays. refusal or delay in approving the sub-agreements for the project.

The report found that traffic restrictions were the predominant type of no-access incidents reported in 2021 and that these restrictions are in steadily increasing since 2018, peaking at the end of 2020.

He explained that the Houthi militia is also hindering access to aid by refusing to conduct needs assessments, monitoring and coordination of humanitarian affairs.

According to the report, humanitarian partners in areas controlled by Houthi militias reported that humanitarian movements were prohibited at roadside checkpoints, as special requirements were imposed on humanitarian missions at checkpoints.

He stressed that the ban on humanitarian movements in militia-controlled areas has often manifested itself in the request for a mahram to accompany Yemeni aid workers during their travels. in field mission, which led to the cancellation of field missions and the delivery of aid.

It reported that in the areas under the control of the Houthi militia, the partners reported that most of the intervention incidents affected the procurement, personnel and design of the project, delaying or causing the temporary suspension of some humanitarian activities.

The UN report found that interference in the implementation of humanitarian activities by the Houthi militia was repeatedly reported in 2021, with 890 incidents reported, most of which related to delays in approving sub-agreements for the project. .

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