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Houthi Militias Appropriated the Sum of YR 981 Billion in 2016 | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi movement hold up their rifles as they shout slogans during a pro-Houthi tribal gathering in a rural area near Sanaa, Yemen July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Militias running an insurgency in Yemen have reportedly received as much as Yemeni Riyals 581 billion added to an outstanding YR 400 billion in oil payments, during 2016, Saudi state-owned news agency SPA reported.

Despite astronomical funds unwarrantedly acquired by Houthi militiamen and loyalists backing ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, not a single account of expenditure was registered towards health care and services in coup-held areas.

The disregard for sustaining genuine public services in areas controlled by the insurgency reflects the reality of putschists’ determination to bring about the demise of Yemen as well as its people.

An official from within the internationally-backed government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who spoke under anonymity, deplored local and international silence against grave transgressions committed by Iran-aligned Houthi militiamen, demanding an orderly denunciation of such crimes.

Yemen has been plagued by unrest since 2011, with the country descending into full-scale civil war in March 2015 as Houthi militias stage a coup chiefly driven by a foreigner agenda laid down by Iran.