Monday, 14 Oct 2019

Saudi Arabia and UAE urge the humanitarian international community and UN organizations to expedite relief aid for the Yemeni people through Al-Hodeida port

Riyadh, Advisor-Royal Court, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, who is also the General Supervisor of King Salman Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Aid (KSrelief), and Dr. Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashmi, UAE minister of state for international cooperation affairs, co-held a press conference in Riyadh today on behalf of the Coalition for the Restoration of Legitimacy in Yemen to cast light on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen in general, and Houthi-controlled Al-Hodeida port and province in particular.

In a joint statement, the two sides shed light on the flagrant violations committed by the Houthi militias in Al-Hodeida port, barring foreign assistance to be delivered to the needy inside, confiscating the contents of vessels awaiting discharge outside the docks of the port.

The humanitarian assistance being sent by international organizations have been looted by the Houthis in control of Al-Hodeida port, the goods and oil derivatives prevented from entry, causing famine, starvation and poverty inside the province, the report said.

The report cited a report of former UN envoy for Yemen that the Houthis continue to reject an initiative to allow the assistance enter into the country.

Since 2015, they have seized 19 assistance-laden vessels, looted and robbed 65 vessels and trucks, implanted mines on the road of caravans carrying relief items, Al-Rabeeah said.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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