Houthis impose new restrictions on international organizations

Houthis impose new restrictions on international organizations

Alsahwa Net-The Houthis militants imposed new restrictions on the international relief organizations and the United Nations (UN) agencies that operate in the rebels-held areas.

The new restrictions require management of international organizations and the UN agencies to obtain a prior written permission for doing any project or activity in the future.

The Houthis publicized a letter to offices of all international organizations and the UN agencies that prohibits any activity, training or meeting at the organizations’ headquarters without a prior consent.

The letter says that when there is a need for doing any activity, an application with the required documents must be sent to the General Secretary of Supreme Council for Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, a newly Houthis-established body that supervises the relief work in the Houthis-held areas.

“These new restrictions are part of a long-chain of violations and constant harassment against the international aid organizations in Sana’s and the Houthis-held areas,” the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat Daily Newspaper quoted a local employee of an international organization.

“This publicized letter is not the first. They [the Houthis] issued similar extortion -measures to the international organizations and practiced many acts of humiliation against staffers of international aid organizations,” the employee said.

This escalation by the Houthis against the international aid organizations coincides with repeated accusations raised by the UN officials that blamed the Houthis on hindering the international relief work and blocking delivery of the humanitarian aids to the needy people in the Houthis-held areas. 

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