Warring Parties In Yemen ‘Severely Restricting’ Flow Of Aid Into Country, HRW Report Says

AP: Report says Yemen’s warring sides ‘severely restricting’ aid
“Warring parties in Yemen’s yearslong conflict are ‘severely restricting’ the delivery of desperately needed aid as the country slides toward famine amid the coronavirus pandemic, a rights group warned on Monday. Human Rights Watch said international donors slashed their funding in June partly because of the ‘systemic interference’ in relief operations by the Houthi rebels who hold Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, as well as by the country’s internationally recognized government and their southern separatists. That aid includes food, health care supplies, water, and sanitation support to people in need in the Arab world’s poorest nation…” (Magdy, 9/14).

New Humanitarian: ‘Criminal’ obstruction of aid in Yemen, says watchdog
“…Human Rights Watch (HRW) says both the northern rebel Houthi authorities and the internationally recognized government led by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which controls much of southern Yemen with its allies, are imposing ‘onerous bureaucratic requirements’ to control the flow of aid or use it as a political bargaining chip. Houthi officials denied the allegations, saying they were simply overseeing aid agencies’ work. HRW did not get a response from the government…” (Parker, 9/14).

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