Yemen Minister: Houthi militia raid WFP warehouse, kidnap 2 UN staff members

Yemenis distribute sacks of food aid to be given to displaced people who fled battles in the Red Sea province of Hodeida and are now living in camps in the northern district of Abs, under control by the Iranian-backed Houthi in Hajjah province, on June 24, 2018. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 29 June 2018

Yemen Minister: Houthi militia raid WFP warehouse, kidnap 2 UN staff members

DUBAI: Yemen’s Local Administration Minister and Higher Relief Council Director, Abdul Raqib Fatah condemned the storming of the World Food Program (WFP) warehouse in Hodeidah and the kidnapping of two UN staff members by Houthi militias.

The WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and over the past three years in the war-torn country, the humanitarian organization has assisted over seven million people in need.

In a press statement to Saba news agency, Fatah denounced the Houthi’s continued aggression towards international humanitarian organizations working on the field in Yemen.

Fatah called the attack a war crime and a violation of international and humanitarian law.

He called on the international community and aid groups to condemn this “terrorist act” and take all necessary measures to deter the militants from meddling in relief efforts.

“The targeting of relief organizations in the province of Hodeidah by the militias and their control of the port to hijack and detain relief vessels increases the suffering of the Yemeni people as a whole,” Fatah said.

Arab News contacted WFP for a comment, however no official statements have been given.


Russia strikes kill 34 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria

Updated 26 October 2020

Russia strikes kill 34 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria

  • Russian warplanes also wounded dozens more when they targeted a training camp of the Faylaq Al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province

BEIRUT: Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia killed 34 fighters from a Turkey-backed rebel group in northwest Syria on Monday, a Britain-based war monitor said.
Russian warplanes also wounded dozens more when they targeted a training camp of the Faylaq Al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.