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Houthi militias attack humanitarian organizations, block aid to Yemenis

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Iranian-backed Houthi militias blocked two humanitarian organizations from providing assistance to Yemeni citizens when they attacked the Doctors Without Borders’ headquarters and prevented a United Nations Children’s Fund call center from opening.

The militias continue to intimidate and attack a number of humanitarian organizations in Yemen, the last of which was an attack launched by unknown gunmen on Tuesday targeting the headquarters of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in order to prevent them from providing aid to Yemeni citizens.

UNICEF, which helps nearly 9 million Yemeni citizens, also announced that it halted its monetary aid after the Houthi militias stopped them from opening a call center. Read more

UNICEF said its decision on Wednesday, came after it was unable to receive feedback from beneficiaries.

The Houthi militias obstructed the opening of the call center because they feared it might reveal their manipulation of the cash transfers.

The pro-Iranian Houthi militias have been at war with the Yemeni legitimate government backed by the Arab coalition since March 2015. The militias have repeatedly been accused of diverting aid to their supporters.