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A nurse attends to a boy infected with cholera at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen. Reuters

Riyadh- King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid and the Yemeni Higher Relief Committee reiterated their call on humanitarian organizations to deal firmly with Yemen’s insurgents that are halting access of humanitarian aid to those who deserve it, and are selling provided drugs in the black market.

These calls come in light of the continued looting of relief and health aid by Houthi militias, and the calls by the Yemeni government to the necessity of delivering humanitarian aid to all Yemeni territories, especially that the insurgents are preventing their delivery by imposing customs duties or selling them in the black market.

Advisor to the Saudi Royal Court Dr. Abdullah al-Rabiah, who is also the general supervisor of the center, stressed the need for rapid implementation of the programs on the cholera epidemic.

He called on the international humanitarian community to join Saudi Arabia in boosting its humanitarian efforts in Yemen in addition to the active aid in supporting its aid programs and establishing firm regulations that hold accountable all those who prevent or steal humanitarian and medical assistance.

Rabiah’s statements were made on the sidelines of a ceremony that witnessed the signing of a $33 million project between the center and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

This project is a part of the $66.7 million financial commitment made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to fight the outbreak of cholera.

Rabiah added that the center will provide other services in terms of environmental sanitation, including announced support to the WHO by $8.2 million in addition to sending a convoy carrying 550 tons of medicines and medical solutions.