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Houthis Intimidate International Aid Organizations Amid UN Silence

Houthis Intimidate International Aid Organizations Amid UN Silence

Sunday, 3 November, 2019 - 10:00
Yemenis speak as they sit facing one of Sanaa's old city buildings (EPA)

Houthi militias have escalated their violations against international and local organizations present in areas that fall under their control, especially those operating in the medical field.

These violations come in line with the militiasط attempts to hinder these organizations’ work and terrorize their staff to impose guardianship on them, serve their suspicious agendas and achieve illegal political and materialistic gains, amid an unjustified UN silence.

Workers in several international humanitarian and health organizations in Sanaa told Asharq Al-Awsat they were harassed and blackmailed by Houthi elements many times and in more than one region.

They said the militias’ criminal behavior against them as workers and against international organizations reveals their terrorist nature.

The workers demanded rapid response to their calls to relocate their offices to liberated areas that are run by the legitimate government.

Yemeni observers and activists, for their part, considered the militias’ repressive practices against international organizations and their staff a serious development in a series of abuses that have gone from mere blackmail attempts to organized terrorism against all organizations operating in areas they run.

Observers stressed that the continuation of these violations against organizations that provide various types of relief assistance to Yemenis will increase the suffering of citizens, prevent safe access to humanitarian and medical aid in Yemeni governorates in general and worsen the situation in particular in the provinces run by the militias.

Several rights and humanitarian organizations have also expressed serious concern about the increasing violations against humanitarian and health workers.

In this context, they called on the United Nations and all relevant international actors to stop such barbaric repressive practices that oppose international humanitarian law.

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