Houthi militias have broken into UNICEF and World Food Programme (WFP) warehouses in the area of al-Hamadi in Hodeidah, which are normally used to store flour, and have filled them up with militiamen and armed vehicles, Yemen’s information minister Muammar al-Iryani said.
Iryani stated that the Houthis’ break-in was a result of the withdrawal of field commanders and fighters after intense battles in Hodeidah.
He further expressed his surprise over international silence following the incident that breaks international laws which state that international relief facilities should not be used for anything related to conflict.
This comes after the UN’s envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said that he met with Houthi representatives in Muscat and discussed ways in which they can take part in future negotiations.
The Houthi Saba News Agency said that the leader of their delegation met with Griffiths in Muscat and looked into the reasons of the Houthis’ absence from the Geneva peace talks last week.
The agency added that the meeting discussed several issues such as the reopening of Sanaa’s airport, freeing detainees, and other economic issues, in addition to the necessary arrangements for another meeting in the near future.