CNN news channel exposes what is described as “a systematic abuse of aid in Houthi-controlled areas.”
The video footage shows interviews with residents saying the Houthi rebels have deprived them of aid.
In a statement, Senior Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Herve Verhoosel, said that after more than four years of brutal conflict between Houthis and a Government-led coalition for control of the country, “our greatest challenge does not come from the guns” but instead “the obstructive and uncooperative role of some of the Houthi leaders in areas under their control.”
He cited that humanitarians working in Yemen were being denied access to the hungry, with aid convoys blocked, and local authorities interfering with who gets food.
After repeated warnings to stop diverting food, progress with violators now needed to be made, WFP spokesperson said.
This is not the first time aid has been hampered by the Houthi militia, yet it is the first time for WFP to threaten that it considers suspension of aid due to violations made by the Houthi group.