Houthi militias commit 180 violations in Hodeidah, hold 88 relief ships

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The Iranian-backed Houthi militias forcefully held more than 88 aid, commercial and oil vessels and prevented them from entering the Hodeidah and As Salif ports, west of Yemen.

The Higher Committee for Relief explained that the Houthi militias seized the ships and prevented them from entering the ports during the period from May 2015 to December 2018, including 34 vessels with products that got spoiled and damaged from being held by the militias for more than six months.

According to committee, the militias targeted seven relief, commercial and oil vessels by directly shelling them in the Red Sea. Four of these vessels were from Saudi Arabia, two from the UAE and one Turkish ship.

The Houthi militias also held 697 relief trucks and looted them in Hodeidah, Sanaa, Ibb, Taiz, Hajjah and Dhamar. The latest was a 32-ton truck in the port of Hodeidah meant to go to Sanaa on December 29, 2018.

Some of the looted trucks were carrying medicine to treat cholera, as well as children’s vaccines.

In October 2018, the Houthi militias held 51,000 tons of wheat provided by the World Food Program (WFP), meant to feed almost four million people, for more than four months.

The Houthis also bombed and blasted four relief trucks in Marib from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, which was on its way to the needy in al-Bayda governorate. It also burned the WFP’s warehouses and destroyed more than 4,000 tons of wheat.

The Houthis committed many violations against relief workers as well as facilities and warehouses for relief work, including more than 185 violations in the province of Hodeidah alone, where the militia killed two truck drivers and abducted more than 25 employees.