Yemeni Official Says Houthi Militias Seized 63 Aid Vessels

Aden – Houthi militias, which are raging civil unrest in Yemen, have robbed humanitarian relief supplies loaded in 63 cargo vessels, said the Yemeni Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee Abdul Rakeeb Fatah.

Fatah, who is also a local administrative, confirmed that Iran-aligned putschists have obstructed, detained and looted at least 63 relief vessels provided by Gulf Cooperation Council countries in Houthi-run the ports of Hodeidah and Salif.

In a Sunday statement, he explained that Houthi militias have also seized over 550 relief convoys at the gates of uninhabited provinces, which are still overrun by coup gunmen.

With insurgency militias taking over aid convoys, the humanitarian situation in those provinces continued to worsen, said Fatah.

The Yemeni official said that the militia’s control of Hodeidah port has become a deep source of concern for the international community and a threat to global maritime navigation, especially after militias having targeted passing vessels.

One of the attacked vessels was deployed by the UAE, and was carrying medical aid.

Fatah strongly condemned the militias’ persistent breaking of international laws and humanitarian conventions.

The Houthi attack on the convoys of relief by looting and robbery and the seizure of relief and medical supplies sent to the Yemeni people by neighboring countries and Arab, Islamic and international humanitarian organizations is unwarranted.

Intercepting humanitarian aid vessels is being conducted in cooperation with armed loyalists backing ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, aiming to advance a Tehran agenda.

Most of the incidents reported by the local administration minister were just a few days after King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Center aid trucks and a US aid ship at Mocha port were attacked.

The Iran-allied Houthi insurgency is held accountable for terror attacks, violence and extremism.

More so, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement on Sunday condemning the earlier reported bombing staged by Houthi and pro-Saleh militias against relief convoys sent by the Saudi King Salman Center for Relief and a UAE aid ship near Mocha port.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Youssef A. Al-Othaimeen stressed that the attack on the UAE ship represents a threat to the safety of navigation in the Red Sea and adds to regional instability.

The OIC chief added that such attacks are a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and threaten the efforts of delivering assistance to Yemenis.

On Thursday, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid announced that three of its aid convoys were blasted in the east of Marib.

Meanwhile, the Arab Coalition on Thursday declared that a UAE ship was targeted off the Yemeni coast of Mocha and that a soldier was wounded.

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