Yemen Minister: Houthi militia raid WFP warehouse, kidnap 2 UN staff members

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DUBAI: Yemen’s Local Administration Minister and Higher Relief Council Director, Abdul Raqib Fatah condemned the storming of the World Food Program (WFP) warehouse in Hodeidah and the kidnapping of two UN staff members by Houthi militias.

The WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and over the past three years in the war-torn country, the humanitarian organization has assisted over seven million people in need.

In a pressstatementto Saba news agency, Fatah denounced the Houthi’s continued aggression towards international humanitarian organizations working on the field in Yemen.

Fatah called the attack a war crime and a violation of international and humanitarian law.

He called on the international community and aid groups to condemn this “terrorist act” and take all necessary measures to deter the militants from meddling in relief efforts.

“The targeting of relief organizations in the province of Hodeidah by the militias and their control of the port to hijack and detain relief vessels increases the suffering of the Yemeni people as a whole,” Fatah said.

Arab News contacted WFP for a comment, however no official statements have been given.

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