Houthis stop UNICEF’s activities, deprive thousands of Yemenis from humanitarian aides

Houthis stop UNICEF’s activities, deprive thousands of Yemenis from humanitarian aides

The Houthi group stopped on Thursday the UNICEF’s activities in the governorates under its control on the pledge that the UN organization is not coordinating with the Ministry of Planning in its unrecognized government.

 

Stopping the UNICEF’s activities deprives thousands of children in Yemen of receiving health care services, and threatens to suspend dozens of relief and humanitarian projects carried out by the UN organization, amid disastrous collapse of the humanitarian and health situations in Yemen.

 

It is noteworthy that stopping the UNICEF activities had come one day after a meeting between the UNICEF representative in Yemen with the Prime Minister of the legitimate government Ahmed ben Daghr in the interim capital Aden city, south of Yemen.

 

According to a Houthi circular issued by the Ministry of Planning, all international organizations and entities have to coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and obtain approval before implementing their activities.     

 

 

The Houthis did not mention whether the reason behind that was the UN official’s visit to the areas under the control of the Yemeni government.

 

However, the Anatolia news agency cited sources as saying that the reason was the UNICEF’s intention to grant the aides to the Central Bank in Aden and not the one under the Houthis control in Sana’a.

 

The UNICEF has been providing its services in all around the Yemeni governorates, with a HQ in the Houthi-controlled capital Sana’a and branches in the various areas under the control of both the government and the Houthis.    

 

In the light of the ongoing war since 26 March 2015, millions of children in Yemen, out of the 27.4 million people, are in dire need of humanitarian aides.

 



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