WFP blames Houthis for food-aids expiration

WFP blames Houthis for food-aids expiration

Alsahwa Net- A local official of the UN World Food Program (WFP) in Yemen said on Tuesday that the Houthis are responsible for expiry of food aids in Raima, northwest Yemen that the rebels destroyed recently.

Annabel Symington, communication officer of the WFP in Yemen who was quoted by the local news website Al-Masadronline said that foods expired after the Houthis banned distribution of the aids to the needy people in Raima.

Symington explained that the Houthis-affiliated militants stormed the WFP stores in Raima, confiscated the food aids and destroyed them later when expired.

Nearly 295 of 50-Kg of wheat were destroyed when gone rotten and became inedible due to restrictions imposed by the Houthis that eventually led to distribution suspension, according to Symington. 

The government Supreme Relief Committee said that the Houthis’ intervention in food-aids distribution in Raima caused expiration of 14.9 tons of wheat.

The committee demanded the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande to investigate these incidents and promptly report the situation to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to act. 

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