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Ibb: Houthi Rebels Detain 189 Aid Trucks

189 trucks loaded with humanitarian assistance have been detained for a month in Ibb province, central Yemen.

According to an official document issued by the UN World Food Program (WFP), the militia has been holding 189 truckloads of humanitarian aid in Ibb province for 22 days, Aden Alghad website said.

The trucks carry food aid, including tons of wheat and flour, provided by WFP and other international humanitarian organizations.

A source in a relief organization said the food is scheduled to be distributed to different Yemeni provinces in accordance with data collected by relief organizations.

The Houhti rebels refused to release the aid trucks __ detained in a customs clearance office recently established in Ibb province __ and demanded customs duties be paid, otherwise aid has to be distributed by them, the source reiterated.

This was not the first time the Houthi militia had detained trucks carrying relief or medical assistance provided by international organizations for the needy people in Yemen. Such arbitrary procedures do nothing but worsen the humanitarian crisis in the already impoverished country.

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