Houthis blocking UN aid in Yemen

Published November 26th, 2015 - 08:02 GMT
Children walk through the rubble after an airstrike in Sana'a, north of Taiz. (AFP/File)
Children walk through the rubble after an airstrike in Sana'a, north of Taiz. (AFP/File)

Reuters reports that the UN is accusing Houthi rebels of blocking the delivery of emergency humanitarian supplies to civilians in Taiz, Yemen.

While supporters of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi are advancing on the city, over 200,000 civilians are still in Taiz. The UN calls their condition a "virtual siege," as civilians are in desperate need of water, food, sanitation, and medical support.

UN aid trucks are getting stopped and diverted at checkpoints outside the city, according to Reuters.

Al-Houthi and popular committees are blocking supply routes and continue to obstruct the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid and supplies into Taiz City,” said UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien on Tuesday.

“Despite repeated attempts by UN agencies and our humanitarian partners to negotiate access and reach people, our trucks have remained stuck at checkpoints and only very limited assistance has been allowed in,” O'Brien added.

The UN states that the hospitals in Taiz are over capacity with wounded civilians, and they desperately need both medicine and additional medical staff.

Taiz is the third largest city in Yemen, and it links the Hadi-held Aden in the south with the rebel-held Sana'a in the north. Houthi rebels captured the city earlier in 2015, and pro-government forces have been making attempts to recapture it for months.

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